Application Information

Requirements & Forms

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Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your interest in the Counseling Psychology Program. We are very proud of the training that we offer our students.

We offer doctoral level training under a Scientist-Professional training model to prepare individuals for careers as psychologists in mental health settings and other institutions involved in the direct application of counseling, consulting, supervision, and teaching in higher education. We emphasize the development of skills to utilize and develop the science of psychology within the broad scope of the practice of counseling psychology as a professional discipline. The Ph.D. requires the equivalent of approximately four (4) years of full-time study beyond the Master’s degree, including a dissertation and an internship which may require relocation from the Nashville area.

Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply and to discuss their experiences of diversity in the supplemental application. All applicants will be screened using the Applicant Screening Form (ASF). The ASF evaluates 8 domains which include 1) academic performance 2) research and scholarly pursuits 3) quality of writing 4) clinical work experience 5) commitment to professional activities 6) interests and experience with diversity and social justice 7) affirmative action initiative and 8) letters of recommendation.


Robin Oatis-Ballew, Ph.D., HSP

Program Coordinator



All students entering the program MUST:

  • hold a Master’s degree in counseling or a related area received prior to June 1 of the year of admission to the PhD program
  • have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or better on last completed degree
  • have completed the Graduate Record Examination or the Millers’ Analogy Test (MAT). The GRE is preferred. 
  • In addition, international applicants who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United must score 500 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to provide evidence of proficiency in English; evidence of financial resources sufficient to provide tuition and fees for the academic year; copies of Visa or Alien Registration card; certificate from qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes.

Application Procedures:
There are a number of procedures which must be completed if you wish to apply. In order to expedite the admissions process, we ask that you submit your materials including official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work in a single application packet. Please see the following links to access procedures:

Graduate School Application

Supplemental Application

Application Packet Checklist





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