Counseling Psychology (PsyD) | Springfield College

Counseling Psychology (PsyD)

Doctor of Psychology
About This Program
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Curriculum and Delivery
  • 96-credit program
  • Courses offered on campus in Springfield, Mass.
  • Small and diverse cohort brings together students with a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles
  • Curriculum focused on providing a generalist training with an integration of counseling psychology values
  • Students garner support with securing practicum, internships in accredited sites for their training
  • Opportunities for publishing, conference presentation, and networking in the field
  • Program curriculum
Start Dates and Duration
  • Start in September (fall semester)
  • Courses are offered full time
  • Complete in 4-5 years
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The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology at Springfield College is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

In the PsyD in Counseling Psychology, your education will move swiftly from the classroom to the field. We follow the practitioner-scholar model, with an emphasis on clinical training and the application of research to practice.

Through practica opportunities, a full-time internship, a dissertation research study, and ongoing faculty mentoring, you will graduate with experience and research on your resume, an in-depth knowledge of the field, and a unique focus on service and social justice.

The program provides you with a solid foundation in theory, research, and practice. This includes skills in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for application in a variety of practice settings and for use across the full spectrum of adjustment and psychological disorders. 

Doctor of Psychology Accreditation

The PsyD counseling psychology program at Springfield College is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

If you have questions about the accreditation process for doctoral programs in psychology, you can contact the APA Commission on Accreditation via the following:

The Springfield College Counseling Psychology Program also is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. The curriculum of the PsyD program is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a psychologist in the state of Massachusetts. It may satisfy licensure requirements in other states as well; there are additional requirements for licensure as determined by the Psychology Licensing Boards in the various states, and successful completion of the program does not guarantee licensure. Information about licensure requirements in the various states may be found at the website of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. See Springfield College's professional licensure information.

How to Apply:

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  2. GPA Requirement: 
    1. Students who hold a bachelor's degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.20 
    2. Students who hold a master's degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.30
  3. Essay: In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 
  4. Resume: Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. 
  5. Three letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from a faculty member or direct supervisor: Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
  6. Interview: This program requires an interview.
  7. GRE Optional: It is optional to upload your GRE scores. The GRE is not required for the PsyD program. The Springfield College GRE code is 3763. You will be able to input your scores on your application. If you would like your GRE scores to be a part of your application, please make sure your official scores are submitted.
  8. Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to or mailed to the college address: 

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

In addition to the above admissions requirements, all international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS: Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: January 5

International Students:

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: January 5
Doctoral Candidate, Class of 2025

Alexander Lerner

“The support I have received from my supervisors and colleagues, especially as I develop my skills as a clinician, has made all the difference for me. The accessibility of professors and supervisors, along with the tight-knit community feeling the program instills, makes every new challenge feel attainable.”

Alexander Lerner
Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Class of 2026

Jennifer Tarm

“I really appreciate being able to have real and vulnerable conversations with classmates of multifaceted social identities who can expand my world views. Even with our individual differences, I still continue to feel a sense of belonging within the supportive experiential learning environment.”

Jennifer Tarm
Licensed Psychologist

Ronald Ma, PsyD’16

“The mentorship I received continues to be invaluable to helping me grow professionally and to expand my areas of clinical practice to provide more accessible, inclusive, and culturally responsive mental health care to my clients.”

Ronald Ma

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