Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (Ph.D.) — Counselor Education and Supervision Online Degree Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling - Counselor Education and Supervision

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Gain Expertise through a Ph.D. in Counseling – Counselor Education and Supervision

The mission of the Liberty University Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies is to develop ethically and spiritually aware mental health counselors and counselor educators who possess the values, knowledge, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of clients across diverse populations. Whether your goal is to become an educator, supervisor, clinical practitioner, researcher, scholar, or leader-advocate, this degree is the perfect fit to help you meet your educational goals.

Our online Ph.D. in counseling degree programs are taught by professionals with real-world experience in clinical and leadership settings. The Ph.D. program curriculum builds on your knowledge and experience to improve critical thinking, leadership, and clinical skills. Whether you are seeking to grow in your current role or explore other areas within the counseling field, our Ph.D. in Counseling program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and training you need.


Why Choose Liberty’s Online Ph.D. in Counseling Program? 

Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling – Counselor Education and Supervision online program instructs students in advanced teaching and counseling skills. This program is ideal for those interested in program evaluation and advanced research methods which also want to expand their career options. Liberty University professors are chosen with your success in mind. Our online Ph.D. in Counseling program is for students who wish to pursue academic careers, such as teaching at the collegiate level, and who want to be leaders in the field of counseling. We approach counseling leadership as a profession that fosters holistic human growth and development in the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, and spiritual domains of life. Our approach also supports the worth, dignity, potential and uniqueness of others who made in the image of God.


What Will You Learn in our Ph.D. Counseling Degree?

As you pursue your online Ph.D. counseling degree, you will learn from professors that possess your same passion and have experience as licensed clinical psychologists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, clinical counselors, crisis intervention team, and just about every specialty the field of counseling touches in a clinical and administrative setting.  You will learn from their vast years of experience, combined with your knowledge, to grow in practice and leadership. Graduates of the Ph.D. in Counseling program leave prepared to emerge as counselor education leaders in hospitals, government agencies, higher education, nonprofit organizations, rehabilitation centers, and more.

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Highlights of the Doctoral Degree in Counseling

  • By earning your Ph.D. in Counseling from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in the field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • If you enroll full-time, you can expect to complete the program in approximately four years.
  • You will benefit from networking opportunities with other professionals in the Counseling Ph.D. program from around the country.

Ph.D. in Counseling Online Program Format

  • This program is currently intensive-based because the program is mentor-based. This will allow students to build a strong rapport with faculty to help them excel in the Ph.D. in Counseling program. We are confident that your academic journey will be enhanced by this experience. Intensive courses allow you to explore our expanding 7,000-acre campus, and build relationships with your classmates. 
  • 66 total hours
  • Transfer in up to 15 credit hours
  • 9-hour dissertation requirement
  • You can customize your internship options, such as teaching, supervision, and administration as well as complete 600 hours.
    • You will need to email phdcounseling@liberty.edu for registration.
    • The Counseling department will assist you in setting up an internship.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Ph.D. in Counseling Degree Information and Requirements

The primary aim of the Ph.D. in counseling program is to mentor a diverse body of doctoral students who sense a calling to extend their foundational knowledge on ethical and effective counseling, counselor education, and supervision through the dissemination of research and scholarship. Graduates will be equipped to influence the counseling field in leadership positions within clinical settings, higher education, and counseling associations.

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Potential Career Opportunities through Liberty’s Counseling Ph.D. Program

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Pastor
  • University Professor
  • University Administrator