The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) offers a combined 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 CCSP program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model and is accredited by the American Psychological Association as a Health Service Psychology program in combined (counseling, clinical, and school) psychology.

Please Note: This is Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology 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 - November 15, 2020 - by 11:59 PM PST. Please Note: only applications fully completed by the deadline will be considered.

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  • 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 Achievements/Contributions, 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)
  • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
  • Writing Sample (preferably a research paper or review written in APA style--submitted in the online application)
  • CCSP Information at a Glance Form (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 students earn the same degree (Ph.D. in Counseling, Clincial, and School Psychology), each student is admitted to a particular emphasis: Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or School Psychology. An M.A. in Counseling Psychology or a M.Ed. in School Psychology are offered as an option en route to the Ph.D. once requirements are completed. Optional Ph.D. emphases in Feminist Studies, or Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences are available.