Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development

The doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development resides within the Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development Cluster in the Boston University School of Education. Students in our program receive training in four core areas of study: 1) psychological foundations of behavior, 2) counseling psychology foundations and practice, 3) research methods and data analysis, and 4) applied psychological practice. At the time of application, students will identify to which specialization area they are applying: Counseling Psychology or Applied Human Development. Further, students in both specialization areas will follow one of our two program tracks (Child/Adolescent Mental Health and Development or Sport/Performance Psychology) and receive additional training in the track area they choose. Graduates of our program use their specialized knowledge, research skills, and counseling competencies in a wide variety of post-doctoral career choices including the following: faculty positions in colleges and universities; clinical or consulting positions in K-12 schools, government, industry, or human service agencies; work with individuals, teams, or organizations dedicated to superior performance in sport and other performance realms.

Based in a School of Education, we are particularly focused on children and youth, and on educational and sport/performance settings, including elementary, middle and high schools, college counseling centers, college athletic teams, and residence halls. As an integral part of “Boston’s University,” we have a longstanding tradition of providing service to some of the poorest schools and most disenfranchised students in the city. We are also dedicated to working in school settings because education provides a crucial contribution to the formation and maintenance of free and just societies by helping students become responsible adults and by instilling democratic values. The PhD in Counseling Psychology program initially received designation status by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Registrar Joint Designation Project in May 2008, and was renewed three years later.

Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdD in Counseling Psychology.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.