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    Argosy University
  Sep 21, 2017
2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1

Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology Degree Program (License-Eligible)


Offering Campuses

Argosy University, Inland Empire; Argosy University, Los Angeles; Argosy University, Orange County; Argosy University, San Diego; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area; Argosy University, *Seattle

*Note: Argosy University, Seattle is no longer accepting new students in this program.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology license eligible degree program is designed to prepare students to obtain licensure as psychologists in specific states. If you have questions regarding licensure, please contact the Director of Student Services or your Department Chair. See Appendix IV, Argosy University Campus Location for telephone numbers for each campus.

The program is designed to emphasize the development of attitudes, knowledge and skills essential in the formation of professionals who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services. Curriculum is designed to provide for the meaningful integration of theory, training, and practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcome One: Advanced Practice (includes theory, assessment, intervention)

Formulate accurate assessment of the psychological functioning of individuals, couples, families, and groups and apply appropriate therapeutic intervention strategies based on appropriate theoretical orientations, sound scientific theory, and evidence-based practice.

Program Learning Outcome Two: Leadership and Supervision

Apply best practices, using standards and competencies in the field, to prepare leaders for supervision, administration, or teaching.

Program Learning Outcome Three: Research

Analyze, design, conduct, and defend research in their disciplinary context using appropriate research designs.
Analyze and evaluate professional literature to make evidence-based decisions related to current practices in the field.

Program Learning Outcome Four: Ethics

Engage in ethical and socially responsible practice and apply ethical decision-making strategies grounded in established ethical standards of practice.

Program Learning Outcome Five: Interpersonal Effectiveness (Includes multicultural competence and communication)

Develop and improve positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, appreciation of diversity and cultural sensitivity, and awareness of their impact on others.

Program Formats

Courses are offered in the following formats: in-residence, blended in-residence, blended not in-residence, and online (see “Course Types and Delivery Methods” under Section Seven, Academic Policies and Procedures). In addition, courses are scheduled for weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. Please note that students must take 18 credit hours of in-residence courses, including dissertation courses. Not all courses are offered in all formats.

Eligibility for Licensure

Psychologist licensure requirements vary by state. Refer to campus-specific program requirements for more detail.

Residency Requirements for Licensure

Residency requirements for licensure vary by state. Refer to campus-specific program requirements for more detail.

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree in a mental health field with a counseling practicum from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in work leading to a master’s degree and in any subsequent graduate study.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current résumé (or career summary)
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred the master’s degree and any institutions where graduate coursework was subsequently taken. Bachelor’s level transcripts are not required.

Admissions Notification

Students are notified in writing of the decision made by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Applicants who have been denied admission may reapply after the passage of one year from the date of denial by submitting all documents required of a new applicant. Individuals who intend to reapply for admission are strongly encouraged to contact the Admissions Department prior to reapplying.

Application Requirements

Applicants are expected to provide all required materials to the Admissions Department by the application deadline. All applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled with applicants who
meet the requirements to determine the level of fit between a prospective student and Argosy University. The director of Admissions will notify all applicants of admissions decisions.

Applications to Multiple Campuses

An applicant who wants to apply to more than one campus must complete a separate application and forward a full set of application materials to each campus.

Application Deadlines

Students may enter the program at various points throughout the year. All admission materials must be submitted by the following dates:

Fall Admission

June 30: Final deadline

Spring Admission

October 30: Final deadline

Summer Admission

March 15: Final deadline

Graduation Requirements

Students in the program will be responsible for completing the program requirements in effect at the time of admission. However, the program retains the right to modify these requirements in accordance with the demands of the counseling profession. Courses will be completed in the order recommended by the program. See campus-specific program requirements for a complete list of graduation requirements for a given campus.

Program Foundation Requirements

In addition to the 60 credit hours** program requirements, there are seven (7) foundation courses and a year-long practicum seminar requirement for the program. Students with equivalent master’s level coursework and clinical practicum experiences may waive the foundation courses requirement. Students must complete the foundation courses within the first year (except practicum) and the practicum series within the second year.

Foundation Courses


**Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program at Argosy University, Seattle are required to successfully complete 72 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.

Academic Progress Requirements

Students must make satisfactory progress towards a degree by maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Students must complete this program within seven years after matriculation. Students who have temporarily withdrawn from Argosy University will have seven years plus the length of time that they were not enrolled, not to exceed one year, to complete the program.

Students are required to complete 60 credit hours.*** The minimum amount of work that a student must complete each year following matriculation to successfully complete the program appears below:

Suggested Incremental Timeframe Completion Rates

End of Year One

9 credit hours

End of Year Two

18 credit hours

End of Year Three

27 credit hours

End of Year Four

36 credit hours

End of Year Five

45 credit hours

End of Year Six

54 credit hours

End of Year Seven 60 credit hours****

***Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program at Argosy University, Seattle are required to successfully complete 72 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.

****Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program at Argosy University, Seattle are required to have successfully completed 72 credit hours by the end of year seven.

Comprehensive Examination Requirements

The comprehensive examination is a graduation requirement to be taken after all coursework is successfully completed. Students should consult with the department chair or designee for specific guidance with respect to Comprehensive Examination procedures.

Dissertation Requirements

Upon successful completion of required coursework and comprehensive examinations, students enroll in dissertation courses. To progress through each dissertation course, students must complete specified course objectives. If progress is made and all objectives met, students enroll in the next dissertation block. If progress is made and objectives are substantively but not fully met by the end of each course (as determined by the dissertation chair in discussion with the dissertation committee) students must enroll in a zero credit hour extension course (tuition based on a credit hour equivalent as defined in Appendix III, Tuition and Fee Schedule ). If it is determined that no progress has been made, students will be required to retake the block in which no progress was made. If the student is required to retake a block due to no progress, the dissertation chair will assign a grade of No Credit (NC). Students are required to enroll in a Dissertation course or Dissertation Extension course every session from the beginning of the dissertation until passing the final defense earning 12 credit hours for dissertation. A student may only receive any combination of two NC, W, or WF grades during the dissertation sequence. Upon receiving the third NC, W, or WF within the dissertation sequence, the student will be dismissed from the program. Published course objectives for each dissertation course apply unless the student and dissertation committee/chair agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular dissertation topic.

Additional Dissertation Information

The dissertation is an essential part of the scholar/practitioner education at Argosy University. Designed as a capstone experience, the dissertation provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and research to a particular topic and to think critically and creatively about counseling psychology. The dissertation must demonstrate clearly and concisely the student’s ability to:

  • Articulate a counseling psychology question or set of questions
  • Critically evaluate and synthesize the relevant theoretical, clinical, and research literature
  • Analyze collected data in light of the organizing question(s) and the prevailing knowledge in the area chosen for study.

Students select the topic of their dissertation, with the approval of their selected chairperson and the Dissertation Committee. It should be noted that students may need to seek additional training (e.g., advanced statistics courses or computer applications) or resources external to the school (e.g., statistical consultation, research subjects) to complete some dissertation options. Students are required to develop a plan identifying training and resource needs as part of their dissertation proposal.


Students are expected to address a psychological issue that is grounded in theory and is addressed by current research. The appropriateness of the project is determined by the dissertation chair and committee members. The dissertation must be a potentially publishable review or synthesis of findings that could be presented to professional counseling psychologists in a conference or a workshop setting.

Types of Inquiry

A broad range of inquiry is permitted in the dissertation. The only restrictions are:

  • The topic must have a clinical application.
  • There must be a published empirical literature of sufficient size to warrant critical review. The focus of the review is determined by the student in collaboration with the dissertation

Dissertation Prerequisites

To be eligible to register for dissertation, students must have successfully completed all of their courses and passed the Counseling Comprehensive Examination.

Registration for Dissertation

All students must register for dissertation and remain registered until they complete the project. Students must have their dissertation proposal approved by their chair and committee members.

Course/Credit Transfer

For information about course/credit transfers, please refer to Section Seven, Academic Policies and Procedures .

Campus-Specific Program Requirements

To review the program requirements for a given campus, click on the relevant link below:



Gainful Employment Information

The following links provide program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important information for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology license eligible degree program offered at Argosy University:

Campus Gainful Employment Information
Argosy University, Inland Empire
Argosy University, Los Angeles
Argosy University, Orange County
Argosy University, San Diego
Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area
Argosy University, Seattle