Applicants to Carlow University’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology program must possess a master’s degree in professional counseling or a closely related field.

The master’s degree must have been granted by a regionally-accredited institution in higher education. Master’s degrees are considered closely related if they include coursework in the following areas:


  • Human growth and lifespan development 
  • Social & cultural foundations or diversity training for helping professionals
  • Helping relationships or counseling skills and techniques, counseling or personality theory
  • Abnormal psychology or psychopathology
  • Group counseling
  • Research methods (statistics and quantitative methods)
  • Psychological assessment, appraisal, or tests and measurements
  • Counseling practicum and internship


Applicants who have a deficit in one or more of the areas listed above, and who otherwise would qualify for entrance into the program, may be considered for admission with the understanding that the deficit must be remedied during the first year of the doctoral program. If you have too many prerequisite deficits, Carlow may need to defer application for admittance to the following year.

Preference will be given to applicants with strong academic credentials and relevant experience as a helping professional. Applicants who are finalists for admission will be invited on campus for a personal interview with representatives from the department.




The Office of Graduate Admissions ensures that applicant files are complete. Complete files are forwarded to the program director. Applicant information is put into a database within the program and files are made available for program faculty to review and evaluate (using a standardized form). Faculty then meet as a group to discuss applicants. The following criteria are used to evaluate the extent to which students are a good match with the program: academic area in which master’s degree was earned (e.g., counseling, counseling psychology, social work, etc.), undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA, combined score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, clinical experience, letters of recommendations and essays. Offers are extended to the most qualified applicants until a cohort comprised of eight students is reached. In the event that there are not enough qualified applicants then the program will have a cohort of fewer than eight students.