Admission: Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

This is a doctoral program that aligns with the following licensures: licensed professional counselor, school counselor, and marriage and family counselor/therapist in terms of opening up the most opportunities in the field.

  1. Apply online or call (800) 424-9596 to speak with an admissions counselor.
  2. 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).
  3. A Ph.D. graduate status record form.
  4. Official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copies of transcripts showing undergraduate AND graduate degrees).
  5. 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.
  6. Two recommendations from professionals familiar with the applicant’s work and character.
  7. A 300-word letter of intent.
  8. 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.
  9. Case Vignette: An APA-formatted research paper of 3-5 pages length (not including title page, abstract, and references). The university provides applicants with the paper’s topic. Applicants will choose between a Case Vignette for School Counseling Applicants or Case Vignette for Clinical Counseling Applicants.
  10. Selected applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview with core Ph.D. program faculty.
  11. Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternative assessment. For information on alternative assessments or TOEFL waivers, please call Admissions or view the official International Admissions policy.

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.

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.

Applicants to the Counselor Education and Supervision program may apply at any time, keeping in mind the following deadlines:

Fall-starting applicants:

  • 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)

Spring-starting applicants:

  • 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)

Contact Admissions

Need to know where to send your documents or how to apply to a degree program made for you? Find our Liberty University online phone number, email, and mailing address below. 

Email for Sending Documents

Address to Send Transcripts

Liberty University Online Admissions Verification

1971 University Blvd.

Lynchburg, VA 24515

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