Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology
The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree enables students to qualify for professional licensure as a psychologist in Washington State. Graduates are equipped to be culturally competent therapists, diagnosticians, and evaluators. In addition, the PsyD Program prepares emerging psychologists for research or teaching at the college or university level.
Note: We currently have a Rolling Admission Status and welcome applications for a Fall 2020 start date.
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Northwest University’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA)*, effective 10/28/18.
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Making a Place in the World
The mission of the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program is to prepare students as counseling psychologists equipped to serve others’ needs in a globally relevant and socially conscious manner. Using the practitioner-scholar model, this applied program trains students to be skilled practitioners who engage in evidence-based and theory-informed practice. With a unique focus on service to the global community, a commitment to social justice, and a Christian worldview, we strive to equip our graduates to serve others with compassion and excellence.
- To produce graduates who have obtained the necessary skills and abilities needed for providing professional psychological and counseling services.
- To develop scholars with the ability to critically analyze scientific research and to conduct psychological research.
- To develop graduates with knowledge of the fundamental theories and scientific foundations of psychology.
Hear From a Professor
Dr. Nikki Johnson, an Assistant Professor at Northwest University explains the pillars of our PsyD and MA degrees in counseling, and why they are different and unique from other programs.
Why Choose Our Doctoral Program?
Licensable Degree for the State of Washington
Graduate knowing that you can become a fully licensed psychologist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage for psychologists was $101,790 in 2019, (source).
Integrate Faith with Learning
Our programs are taught within the framework of a Christian worldview. Psy.D. students also take one theology course titled “Faith Integration with Psychology” to encourage them to think deeply about their own beliefs about the nature of humans in light of contemporary issues in the field of psychology.
Our professors draw from their academic studies and real-world professional experiences to provide students with the tools and skills they'll need to be successful in counseling and psychology.
Learn to Treat the Whole Person
We teach you how to engage your clientele from a holistic approach: biologically, psychologically, spiritually, and culturally. The result is even greater effectiveness as a counselor or psychologist.
Accredited at the Highest Level
The APA Commission on Accreditation is recognized by both the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology, (source).
Our regionally accredited university status represents the highest level accreditation offered by the Department of Education.
Local and Global Immersion Experiences
You will deepen your skills and understanding by participating in local and international immersion experiences. These experiences will not only equip you for your career, they have also proven to be life-changing.
Learn Within a Diverse Cohort
Learn with other students who share your interests and your goals. It's a supportive environment of peers who will encourage you, challenge you, and become a fundamental part of your professional network once you graduate.
It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done
“The PsyD program at Northwest University provided a safe place for me to learn and grow and gain a strong foundation of doctorate-level knowledge to later become licensed and specialize in the areas I am most passionate about. The small cohort provided an intimate setting that maximized and enhanced my learning experience, setting me up for success in the vast, diverse, and fun field of psychology.”
- 119 semester hours of coursework
- 10 hours of individual psychotherapy (out-of-pocket expense)—Year One
- Cultural Immersion Experience—Year Two
A hallmark of the PsyD program is its required international cultural immersion experience in the second year. Psychologists care for people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The PsyD curriculum prepares students through study, clinical experience, and interaction with culture specialists to work in diverse global contexts. In addition, students are required to participate in a 10-14 day cultural immersion experience. Sites may vary from year to year, and include such places as India, Turkey, China, El Salvador, or Uganda.
- Qualifying Examination—Year Three
- Doctoral Dissertation: There are options for a focused dissertation that is comprised primarily of one of the following:
- Quantitative research;
- Qualitative research;
- Doctoral Practicum experience which satisfies all program and state requirements.
- Advanced Practicum or Pre-internship experience which satisfies all program and state requirements.
- Internship experience which satisfies all program and state requirements.
- All requirements as noted in the Clinical Training Sequence section of the PsyD Student Handbook.
Learn about admission requirements and application instructions for both domestic and international students.
PsyD Student Handbook
For an in-depth overview of the program, download a PDF of the PsyD Student Handbook.
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Ready to get started? Begin the admission process now by completing our online application form. Or fill out the Request Info form, and a member of our Admissions team will contact you soon.
PsyD Application Deadline for Fall 2021: December 15th, 2020.
Online applications submitted by the deadline are guaranteed a review for Fall 2021. All application materials, GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing), recommendation letters, and unofficial transcripts must be electronically submitted or received by mail, no later than the deadline. Late applications will only be reviewed on an availability basis and are not guaranteed a review. For more information about submitting a late application, please contact our enrollment office.