PhD Couns Education And Supervision Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
Online with required intensives
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 15 credits
Next Start Date
Jan 1, 1970

Gain Expertise by Earning a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counseling Degree — Counselor Education and Supervision

The mission of Liberty University’s 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, our Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is the perfect fit to help you meet your educational goals.

Why Choose Liberty’s Doctorate in Counseling?

Online CACREP Accredited DegreeOur Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program is CACREP accredited and provides doctoral students with advanced training in counseling techniques, counselor education and supervision, research and scholarship, and leadership and advocacy. This program is designed for those who want to expand their career options and receive mentoring from experts in the field of counseling and counselor education.

Department faculty possess a passion for training students in doctoral-level clinical mental health techniques so they can make a difference in schools and with families. Graduates of the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program leave prepared to emerge as counseling leaders in college and university counselor education departments, in public, private, and government settings, and in professional counseling organizations and divisions.

What Will You Learn in the Ph.D. in Counseling Online Degree?

Our Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision courses equip students with knowledge and skills in advanced counseling, counselor education, supervision, leadership and advocacy, and research and scholarship. Courses integrate a biblical worldview while preparing students to effectively and ethically serve a diverse culture and population. To ensure that students have the experiences needed to advance their career options, the program includes advanced field experiences and internships that enable students to connect with professionals in the field and gain the experience employers seek.

Students who complete the program leave with a developed portfolio evidencing field experiences as advanced professional counselors, counselor educators in graduate counseling programs, counseling supervisors, and counselor researchers and scholars who have expertise and specializations as the next leaders in the field of counseling.

Ph.D. in Counseling Featured Courses

  • COUC 715 — Advanced Theory Application*
  • COUC 810 — Dissemination of Research and Scholarship*
  • COUC 970 — Teaching Internship*
  • COUC 980 — Supervision Internship*
  • COUC 999 — Counseling, Research, and Leadership Internship*

*Course guide coming soon

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Highlights of the Doctorate in Counseling Degree

  • The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program is CACREP accredited. Most counselor education departments at colleges and universities require counselor educators to graduate from a CACREP accredited Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program.
  • By earning a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% 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 our doctoral degrees, including the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision degree, has not increased in 4 straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • You can complete this degree in about 4 years!         

Potential Career Opportunities with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

  • Administrator in community, public, private, government, health care, and educational settings
  • Advanced professional counselor
  • Advanced researcher or scholar
  • College or university administrator
  • College or university professor

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program is designed for students who wish to become counseling experts, clinical supervisors, leaders, advocates, and scholars in the field of counseling.

Ph.D. in Counseling Degree Information

The primary aim of our 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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Admission Requirements for Our Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s in counseling or related degree* with a 3.25 or above GPA in all previous conferred graduate coursework is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.

*This program is a post-licensure track. Students will need to have LPC licensure or be on track to receive LPC licensure in order to graduate from the Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee**
  • Official college transcripts for all conferred bachelor’s and master’s coursework showing a master’s in counseling or related degree*
  • Recommender contact information for 2 recommenders (academic or professional contacts familiar with the student’s training and practice)
  • Letter of intent
  • Professional vita showing professional counseling licensure or 1 year of clinical counseling practice
  • Ph.D. graduate status record
  • Vignette response
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Proof of English proficiency

*Students with master’s degrees in areas other than counseling will require additional graduate-level prerequisites

**There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.