The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) offers 3 programs:

1). A *counseling/clinical doctoral program designed to prepare the next generation of diverse scholars in applied psychology. Our primary mission is to prepare graduates for research/academic careers, with a particular focus on strengths-based approaches to working with vulnerable populations. Students complete coursework on research methods and evidence-based practice, gain research training and experience with faculty mentors, and complete practicum experiences in a range of settings. The doctoral program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model.

2). A *school psychology doctoral program which emphasizes a training model focused on developing the research skills needed to conduct basic and applied research that informs school psychology best practices. In addition, students learn how to effectively communicate evidence-supported practices to schools by directly engaging in the role of school psychologists and developing the skills needed to be a qualified practitioner as defined by state (CCTC) and national (NASP, APA) standards and also as leaders/innovators in comprehensive support services to schools. It is our belief that this type of training is needed to prepare school psychologist scholars, faculty, and leaders to contribute research and knowledge that will advance science, practice, and policy relevant to respond to the challenges of educating diverse student populations.

3). A Masters of Education in School Psychology Program that aims to be a model program for the preparation of school psychologists trained to support ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse students and families. These efforts are consistent with the mission of the CCSP department to engage in scholarship and prepare professionals who will foster the psychological well-being and social equity of all people, especially vulnerable populations. These efforts are also consistent with further educating and preparing students at UCSB to actualize UCSB’s commitment as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). We are committed to meeting the rising need and demand for highly-skilled, well-trained, and culturally-responsive school psychologists, especially from underrepresented backgrounds in the field of education, to serve school children in California and across the U.S.

Please Note: This is Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. If you are interested in experimental psychology, please apply to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Mailing Address

Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Building 275, Room 4100
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines
  • Fall Only:

    • PhD and PPS: November 15, 2023 - by 11:59 PM PST.
    • MEd (School Psychology) and PPS: December 15, 2023 - by 11:59 PM PST.

    Please Note: only applications fully completed by the deadline will be considered.

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  • Doctoral Students Only: Please complete and upload the At A Glance form found on the department homepage in the Prospective Students - How to Apply section. This word doc should be included in the supplemental documents section.
  • All requirements must be uploaded to your online application. Letters of recommendation are submitted online by letter writers. Supplemental materials are at
  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted in the online application)
  • Official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended (submitted in the online application)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 80, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 550, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • Writing Sample (preferably a research paper or review written in APA style--submitted in the online application)
  • See department website for additional requirements.
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.

Although all Counseling/Clinical Ph.D. students earn the same degree (Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical Psychology), each student is admitted to a particular emphasis: Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology. An M.A. in Counseling Psychology is offered as an option en route to the Counseling/Clinical Ph.D. once requirements are completed. School Psychology Ph.D. students may earn a M.Ed. in School Psychology en route to their Ph.D. Optional Ph.D. emphases include Feminist Studies, or Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences.