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Counseling Psychology

The overarching goal of the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, offered through Seton Hall University's College of Human Development, Culture, and Media is to prepare counseling psychologists in the scientist-practitioner model to assume roles as responsible, competent members of the professional psychological community with an understanding of both the value of research and applied practice. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) through its Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; Phone: 202-336-5979) since October 22, 1999.

The Program

The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology is a 94-credit, full-time program. All students follow a defined sequence of training in theory, multicultural competence, research and practice. Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model, students are involved in research projects throughout their training. This begins in the first year, with an assignment as a research assistant to a faculty member and culminates with the design, data collection and analysis of at least one independent research project in addition to the dissertation.

Students have a variety of opportunities to engage in leadership activities and community outreach including involvement in professional organizations and the Counseling Psychology Student Association. First-year students complete practicum placements as a cohort working with populations across the lifespan. Second through fourth year students apply for externships in various settings within the areas including college counseling centers, hospitals, and community mental health centers. The program will culminate with a full-time internship during the fifth year.

The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Seton Hall University provides counseling psychology students an exceptional opportunity to work with leading faculty members in research on inequity and social justice. The program is accredited by APA and is the only Ph.D. program in NJ in this field. The program follows an integrative healthcare model and strengths-based approach, focusing on lifespan human development and the person-in-environment perspective. The program provides multiple opportunities for publishing and presenting, preparing students for a successful counseling psychology career, and helping them gain a deep understanding of counseling psychology.

Advanced Study in Counseling Psychology


Students in Seton Hall's Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology are involved in advanced study of therapeutic approaches that will be most effective for individuals with mental health concerns.

Lindsay Blevins, M.A.

"The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program provided me with the competencies and training to be an effective, self-aware and multiculturally sensitive scientist-practitioner with the ability to promote advocacy and social justice in a variety of settings."

Lindsay Blevins
Ph.D. Alumna

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from former faculty, professional colleagues, or supervisors 
  • Resume or C.V. 
  • Personal statement, outlining a description of related work experience, qualifications, and academic and professional goals 
  • Sample of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform at the doctoral levelApplicants who believe their standardized test scores are not representative of their potential are particularly encouraged to submit work samples 
  • Optional: Official score report from the GRE; Psychology GRE scores are recommended, but also optional 

The program admits students at both the post-bachelors and post-masters levelsAdmission to the program is competitiveThe program focuses on students who have demonstrated interests in both research and practice. 

Application Deadline 

  • Deadline for program admission is December 1st.  The program begins during the Fall semester. 

Application Review 

Program faculty review each application across several criteria to indicate that the applicant's stated professional and research goals are consistent with the training goals of the program.  The application is rated across several program criteria, including, but not limited to, undergraduate G.P.A., standardized test scores, research experience, writing skills and professional and research interests. 

The faculty will invite 20-25 applicants for a one day on-campus interview.  Program offers are generally made to 6-8 applicants following the on-campus interview by mid-February.   

Applicants who were not extended an interview may re-apply, although applying more than two times is not encouraged. 


The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.

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Zubin DeVitre
Assistant Professor
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Minsun Lee
Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology Director of Training
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The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media embodies the University’s commitment to pedagogical innovation, intellectual ferment and community engagement. Uniting scholars and students from four dynamic academic departments, the College provides cutting-edge, transdisciplinary inquiry into the stickiest problems of our time.

Our collaborative ethos is the hallmark of a Seton Hall education: an interdisciplinary approach to learning that grounds students firmly in their chosen discipline while expanding their perspectives through collaboration — setting them apart in their ability to lead in a variety of fields and solve pressing problems in society.

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