Department of Counselor Education

The PhD Program in Counseling

CACREP accredited until October 31, 2021.

Admission Check List

Brief Description:

The Ph.D. program in Counseling is a research-orientated degree that is designed for those who have completed a 60 hours master’s degree in counseling, hold licensure or certification as a professional counselor, and demonstrate potential for assuming major leadership roles in the counseling profession at the regional or national level in university, clinical or research settings. This program degree is not a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology modeled after APA guidelines, but rather is modeled after CACREP guidelines. Even though it primarily emphasizes research and leadership, the program will enhance the student’s clinical, supervisory, and consultation sites.

The program consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours including general required courses and specialized coursework in one of three areas: School Counseling Outcome Research; Children, Adolescent, Couples and Family Intervention; and Optimizing Human Development and Health. Each specialization involves ongoing involvement with a related faculty-led Research Group in which the student is mentored in research including their dissertation.

It is a selective and intensive program that can be completed in three years of full-time study. The program enrolls up to 6 incoming students per semester. An inaugural class begins either in the fall or spring semester. Graduate Assistantship support is available.

Admission and Further Information:

Admission to the program is competitive and includes: high GRE scores including a minimum of 4.5 on the Analytic section, potential for leadership in the counseling profession, and research experience in one of the Research Groups.

Deadlines for applications

  • January 15: Fall Semester
  • September 15: Spring Semester

See the Program Description, "Admission Check List" above, and Doctoral Student Handbook for further requirements and the admission process.