Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Admission Requirements
Please note: 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.
- Apply online or call (800) 424-9596 to speak with an admissions counselor.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required).
- A Ph.D. graduate status record form.
- Official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copies of transcripts showing undergraduate AND graduate degrees).
- Possess a regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree that reveals evidence of fulfilling CACREP entry-level standards (our current prerequisite courses) with a minimum of 3.25 GPA. Note: Applicants who have a regionally accredited master’s in a related field (i.e., counseling, psychology, human services) are welcome to apply; however, if admitted, you will be required to complete M.A. level prerequisite courses listed on the degree completion plan before taking any Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision courses.
- Official MAT or GRE scores.* Our recommended minimum scores are:
- Two recommendations from professionals familiar with the applicant’s work and character.
- 300-word letter of intent.
- Professional Vita – Must indicate counseling licensure or a minimum of one year of clinical experience in the counseling field with a commitment to obtain counseling licensure prior to graduation from the program.
- Vignette – An APA-formatted research paper of 4-5 pages length (not including title page, abstract, and references) on a topic related to clinical mental health counseling.
- Selected applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview with core Ph.D. program faculty.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an approved alternate test of English proficiency: International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP). Applicants must earn a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs. Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Alternatively, applicants who successfully complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at one of two schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived. Students will have their application held until transcripts from one of the below schools are received.
*Due to COVID-19, the MAT/GRE requirement for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision has been suspended for the Fall 2020 acceptance term.
If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:
- Be in your final term and planning to start your doctoral degree after the last day of class for your master’s degree.
- Submit a transcript to confirm that you are in your final term.
- Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.
Official College Transcript Policy
An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.
Program Dates and Deadlines
Applicants to the Counselor Education and Supervision program may apply at any time, keeping in mind the following deadlines:
- Initial application deadline: April 30
- Extended material collection deadline: July 1
- All decisions made by department: July 20
- Fall start date is usually August 20-25 (varies each year)
- Initial application deadline: September 30
- Extended material collection deadline: November 1
- All decisions made by department: November 20
- Spring start date is usually January 15-18 (varies each year)
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