The Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Counseling program is an 84-credit hour program designed for individuals who wish to become leaders in the field areas of advanced clinical practice, mental health care administration, counseling research, and counseling supervision. The Ph.D. program features rigorous training in the areas of clinical work, teaching, research and service.
The curriculum has been established according to the guidelines set forth by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The program allows students to pursue one of five cognate areas:
- addiction counseling
- advanced career counseling
- child and adolescent counseling
- couple and family counseling
- mental health counseling
Additionally, the program provides for advanced preparation in the following content areas:
- theory pertaining to the principles and practice of individual counseling, group work, consultation, and counselor supervision
- instructional theory and methods relevant to counselor education
- design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative research methodology
- models and methods of assessment and appraisal
- ethical and legal issues; career development, implications of sociocultural, demographic, and lifestyle diversity
- philosophical and professional orientation
Admission to the Ph.D. program in counseling is a three-step process.
First, the admissions committee evaluates candidates in the following five areas: prior coursework at the graduate level, professional experience, written statement of purpose of study, professional letters of recommendation, and performance on the Graduate Record Examination.
Second, applicants who score highest on this initial screening are asked to complete a written entrance examination based on questions prepared by the graduate admissions committee.
Third, the faculty interview applicants who score highest on the entrance examination. Final admission recommendations are then forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the Department of Counseling faculty working as a committee of the whole. The program is cohort based and allows for the admission of eight doctoral students every year. Applications will be accepted until March 1 of each year.