Ph.D. Program Overview

Ph.D. in Counselor Education

Please note: This program is not currently accepting applications.

For the Ph.D. our priority is to prepare future educators, researchers, and counseling professionals. As such, to build their credentials, our Ph.D. students are expected to teach no fewer than two graduate courses in our CACREP accredited master’s program in Counselor Education with a focus in school counseling. In addition, they are expected to participate in a biweekly repeating doctoral seminar that will include other Ph.D. students as well as full-time faculty. The purpose of the seminar is to engage in various research and writing projects that will result in published articles and book chapters along with presentations at local, state, regional, national and even international professional conferences.

All Ph.D. students are required to complete 15 credit hours in measurement, research and evaluation. Beyond these core requirements, we also have a variety of specialty areas for students to choose from that are suitable for their professional interest and career goals. Please contact the program coordinator for more details.

Once the doctoral coursework is finished, students must complete a comprehensive examination, prepare a dissertation proposal and then conduct, write and defend their dissertation research.

Our application deadline is December 1 for admission in the fall semester. Applicants must: possess at least a master’s degree in counseling or a related field, supply transcripts from both their undergraduate and graduate programs, provide three letters of recommendation, obtain a combined (verbal and quantitative) score of at least 312 on the general Graduate Records Exam (GRE), and prepare a personal statement. Members of the faculty will also interview finalists. Applicants will be informed of their admission status by February 15.

For further information interested applicants should contact the Program Chair, Dr. Diandra Prescod, by email or phone 860-486-6348.