Counselor Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies
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.
Apply a scientist-practitioner model of study with an emphasis on theory, practice, leadership, supervision and research.
Emphasis on leadership, advocacy, research, student learning and social justice.
Explore a number of research opportunities and collaborate with and work alongside Ohio State counselor educators and other counseling leaders in the profession.
Develop deep critical analysis skills especially important in the rapidly expanding field of counselor education.
Learn more about the PhD program from the Program Chair
I am a 2023 graduate of the Counselor Education Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University. Doctoral programs are unique and individualized experiences for students, and I was able to discover my research and teaching passions with the support of the amazing faculty and staff at OSU.
Dr. Colette Dollarhide and Dr. Brett Zyromski were both incredible advisors and mentors throughout my time as a doctoral student. They continue to provide me with support and encouragement even though I’ve graduated from the program and am now a professor myself. They are preeminent scholars within the field of counselor education, and their knowledge and insights guided me through the changing landscape of academia and helped me to find a job that was the best fit for my passions and goals.
The Ph.D. program in Counselor Education prepared me for my current role in academia through rigorous coursework, supervision experience, teaching development, and research opportunities. I was inspired to pursue a cognate area centered on social justice issues in education, and my knowledge was challenged and expanded by the many wonderful professors at OSU, including Dr. Winston Thompson, Dr. Mohammed Khalifa, Dr. Donna Ford, Dr. Kenyona Walker and Dr. Nimo Abdi.
It is important to note that there is no perfect program or institution. Doctoral programs present many challenges, but it was my experience with some of the amazing faculty and staff at Ohio State that made my experience so valuable to me. I am grateful to all of them for helping me achieve my dream of obtaining a doctorate.
In order to learn about program costs, please refer to the Registrar's office website.
Key to teaching, research and learning in the college, associateships provide students with professional experience and financial support.
These financial awards are made by Ohio State to students based on academic merit through a university-wide competition.
We encourage students to apply for EHE scholarships. The college annually awards scholarships to its students to support their academic goals.
As of Autumn 2022 the Counselor Education program will permanently no longer require the GRE as an admissions requirement.
Master's degree in Counselor Education; minimum 3.3 GPA; GRE not required
Deadline to apply
Minimum Program hours
Additional Application Requirements
Special Statement of Intent
- How have your master's degree training and your professional experiences prepared you for doctoral study?
- How do your overall background, experiences, and interests align with pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education?
- What are the social justice issues you believe are part of the work for those who complete a PhD in Counselor Education?
- What are your professional goals after you complete the PhD?