Student Resources

Important Information for Accepted Students

  • Housing: The Residence Life & Housing Office can be contacted by phone via email or (206) 296-6305. A representative from their office can answer any questions you have about the housing process. Detailed information about graduate student housing is available here. The closer to September, the harder housing is to find.  Many people look for housing near the university and in the Capitol Hill area.  Seattle does have good bus service, so you can widen your search as long as it is near bus stops.
  • Part-time Jobs: Information on student employment can be found through this link. If you have any questions about the jobs listed there, U.S. domestic students can contact Student Financial Services or try calling their phone: (206) 296-2000.  For international students, contact (206) 296-6260.
  • Financial Aid: Please contact Student Financial Services  by email or (206) 296-2000 for any loan and scholarship information. Check the Graduate Admissions Finances website here.
  • Registration: Students register for classes using SU-Online. Graduate student registration opens in May and will remain open through the start of classes in September. The fall schedule of classes is available on SU Online.  If you have any questions about registering please call our office (296-5400) or the Registrar's office at 296-2000 if you are having technical difficulty.  Please notify the Registrar's office as well as the psychology department of any change of address and phone number. 
  • All first year students will get into fall classes so don’t stress if you can’t register immediately.
  • Note: In order to ensure our graduates are adequately prepared to attain licensure in WA state, our 90-credit program does require students to take summer courses.

Required general text: We have identified a book that we would like you to buy and use as a resource during your two years of study in the graduate program:

  • Foundations of Clinical and Counseling Psychology (4th ed.) by Judith Todd and Arthur C. Bohart [Waveland Press 2006, 518 pp. $51.95 1-57766-410-8] has chapters on issues such as the profession of psychology, approaches to psychotherapy, assessment, and ethics. Some chapters will be assigned in courses you take; other chapters you might want to read if it has been several years since you studied psychology and you may need to review fundamental concepts and theories. You will likely refer to this book during your practicum placement.  You can order the book online or from your favorite bookstore.

Suggested reading:  We think the following might be useful to read before classes begin, especially in preparation for the first quarter:

  • J.H. van den Berg, A Different Existence
  • Rollo May, Existence (chapters 1-3 and 9)
  • R. Valle and S. Halling, Existential-Phenomenological Perspectives in Psychology, (Chapters 1 and 3 especially. This book is out of print but is available from libraries or

Professional Codes of Conduct

We expect you to maintain high ethical standards in both your professional life and in your coursework. Specifically, this means that the work you submit as evidence of your academic competence must be your own and your behavior inside and outside of class meet the ethical standards for professional behavior as outlined in the American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethics Code. Additionally, students should familiarize themselves with the American Counselors Association (ACA) Code of Ethics, as this informs the practice of counseling in WA State and is part of the licensing exam. Violations of the standards include (but are not limited to) plagiarism of all kinds, cheating, lying, and the use of unauthorized aid to obtain a grade or credit. When using the work of others, you must cite and reference the material using APA (2001) Publication Manual (6th ed.) guidelines (see Appendix B). Ethical lapses not specifically course-related, but which affect your Seattle University activities, are also prohibited and may also subject you to disciplinary action.

Details regarding the university’s position on academic honesty and integrity are provided in the Academic Integrity Policy (2011-3). The policy specifies standards of conduct, penalties for violation of these standards, procedures, and the nature of the appeal process.

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