Psychology - MEd, PhD, EdS

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, which houses the Psychology Department, ranks in the top 2% of all graduate colleges of education.

The college was also ranked third in the nation in total research dollars received, according to "America's Best Graduate Schools" U.S. News & World Report.

Psychology Department faculty actively collaborate with students on a variety of research projects, including parenting interventions for Latino families, interventions for individuals with anxiety disorders, cognition in young children, animal modeling of drug abuse, impulsivity, etc. Students are active in presenting at national conferences, authoring journal articles and book chapters, and submitting for grant funding.


School Counseling (MEd):

This specialization focuses on the training of professional school counselors who will work in K-12 public and private school settings. Training is provided in the design and implementation of school-based comprehensive guidance programs. Coursework includes individual and group counseling for diverse populations; behavior and educational assessment and intervention; research and methodological foundations; career development; and ethical, legal, and professional standards. This is the only program offered at Statewide or distance campuses.

Behavior Analysis (PhD):

The Behavior Analysis program at Utah State University provides students the opportunity to earn a PhD in Psychology with a focus on investigating variables that influence human and nonhuman behavior. The doctoral program in Behavior Analysis provides students a solid understanding of conceptual, translational, basic and applied domains of behavior analysis. The program promotes an interdisciplinary and translational approach to behavior analysis. The Ph.D. track prepares students to conduct laboratory and translational research, preparing them to pursue academic and research careers, whereas the PhD + BCBA-D track prepares students to become scientist-practitioners who can work in research institutions and practice in a variety of clinical settings (e.g., hospitals, private practice).

Brain and Cognition (PhD):

The brain and cognition specialization provides extensive training for students interested in behavioral, cognitive, molecular, systems, or computational neuroscience. Training opportunities for students include the investigation of basic behavioral, cognitive, and neurological processes; understanding the contribution of basic neurological processes to psychological disorders; neural correlates of behavioral phenomena, and related issues.

Combined Clinical/Counseling Psychology (PhD):

Our APA-accredited program provides a combined approach to doctoral-level training across the two practice areas of clinical and counseling psychology. Students receive training across a broad spectrum of problem areas, populations, settings, and approaches for a wide range of future potential careers. Our faculty include leading scholars in areas including cultural adaptation of therapy, identity development, sexual orientation and gender, treatment of children/adolescents, neuropsychology, ethics, acceptance and commitment therapy, parent management training, telehealth, military psychology, sexual health, trauma, dementia, anxiety disorders, and obsessive compulsive and related disorders.

Data Science and Research Methodology (PhD):

The data science and research methodology specialization area within the psychology department deals with the development, application, evaluation, and refinement of quantitative methods for measurement, statistics, and data analysis.

School Psychology (PhD, EdS):

The Utah State University Psychology Department offers both educational specialist (EdS) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in School Psychology. The EdS Program prepares school psychologists who function primarily as practitioners in educational settings, whereas the PhD Program prepares professionals who can work in research institutions and practice in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, clinics, hospitals, private practice). Training focuses on developing scientific problem-solving skills as well as broad competencies in assessment, intervention, and consultation. Emphasis is placed on culturally-competent, ethically-informed, and legally-compliant practice in collaborative, interdisciplinary settings.


MEd: Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cedar City, Cortez (CO), Delta, Ephraim, Heber City, Junction, Kanab, Kaysville, Logan (Main Campus), Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Orem, Panguitch, Park City, Price (USU Eastern), Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, St George, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover

PhD: Logan (Main Campus)

EdS: Logan (Main Campus)

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

School Counseling Specialization

  • Students who graduate with the school counseling specialization work as counselors in K-12 public and private schools.

Behavior Analysis, Brain & Cognition, Quantitative Psychology Specializations

  • Students who graduate with the experimental and applied psychological science specialization work at universities in faculty or research positions.

Combined Professional-Scientific Psychology Specialization

  • With the combined professional-scientific psychology specialization, students can work as psychologists in the following capacities: hospitals, academia, university counseling centers, private practice, community mental health centers

School Psychology Specialization

  • Students who graduate with the school psychology specialization work as psychologists in K-12 schools.

Job Outlook


Gregory Madden

Professor, Director of the Behavior Analysis Program
Program: Behavior Analysis
Office: EDUC 498
Phone: (435) 881-8467

Kerry Jordan

Associate Professor
Program: Brain & Cognition
Office: EDUC 483
Phone: (435) 797-2797

Renee Galliher

Professor, Associate Vice Provost, Director of Clinical Training for the Combined Clinical/Counseling
Program: Combined Clinical/Counseling
Office: EDUC 430
Phone: 435-797-3391

Michael Twohig

Professor, Combined Program Associate Director of Clinical Training
Program: Combined Clinical/Counseling
Office: SCCE 418
Phone: 435-265-8933

Tyler Renshaw

Associate Professor
Program: School Psychology
Office: EDUC 480

Jessica Koltz

Assistant Professor, Program Director for the School Counselor Education Program
Office: EDUC 471
Phone: (435) 797-1250


Admission Requirements

For most students, some psychology prerequisites will need to be completed before beginning the graduate program. However, these do not need to be taken before students can be accepted to the program.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE*. For MEd students in the school counseling specialization, the MAT is also accepted.
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Submit a statement of professional intent/interest

International students have additional admissions requirements.

* Some individuals may have experienced difficulty taking the GRE due to Covid-19. As such, the following PhD programs are not requiring GRE scores for applications, but do encourage you to submit them if you have them: School Psychology, Combined Clinical/Counseling, Brain and Cognition, and Behavior Analysis. All other PhD program in our department still require GRE scores for applications.


School Counseling specialization (MEd):

  • March 15

School Psychology specialization (EdS):

  • December 1

All PhD Program Specializations (Behavior Analysis, Brain & Cognition, Combined Clinical/Counseling, Quantitative Psychology, and School Psychology)

  • December 1

Financial Aid

A variety of funding opportunities are available on the graduate school website.

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