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Counselor Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

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The doctorate program prepares counselors and scholars for leadership positions in the counseling profession. You'll gain the skills to teach and train others to become professional counselors. Your studies will emphasize the leadership roles of counselor education, supervision, advanced counseling practices and research.

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Program features 

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Learn more about the PhD program from the Program Chair

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Student Testimonials

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Career Paths 

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University Faculty 
Director of Counseling in public schools, universities and agencies 
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Counselor Supervisor in Clinics
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Funding options

In order to learn about program costs, please refer to the Registrar's office website.

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Degree Requirements 

As of Autumn 2022 the Counselor Education program will permanently no longer require the GRE as an admissions requirement.

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Master's degree in Counselor Education; minimum 3.3 GPA; GRE not required

Program start

Autumn Semester

Deadline to apply

December 1 

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Minimum Program hours


Additional Application Requirements

Special Statement of Intent

  1. How have your master's degree training and your professional experiences prepared you for doctoral study?
  2. How do your overall background, experiences, and interests align with pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education?
  3. What are the social justice issues you believe are part of the work for those who complete a PhD in Counselor Education?
  4. What are your professional goals after you complete the PhD?
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Counselor Education Information Session

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Application checklist

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