Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Counseling

The doctor of philosophy. in counseling degree program balances rigorous research with clinical work to graduate scholar practitioners. Graduates are prepared for a number of roles, such as teaching in universities, practicing in a variety of settings from directing high school counseling departments to leading county mental health treatment programs. The program offers challenging course work, practical experience at mental health sites, and the opportunity to train as supervisors at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development's Community Counseling Service Center. Designed to be completed in four to five years, the program is unique in building students' knowledge and capacity to conduct research, publish, provide clinical services, and educate at the graduate level. Instruction is provided in areas including trauma, human sexuality, child and adolescent development, grief and loss, substance abuse, multicultural counseling, as well as a deep knowledge of diagnosis, assessments, interventions, and treatment approaches. The  program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

A minimum of 69 credits, including 24 credits in core courses, 15 credits in research courses, 6 credits in human development courses, 9 credits in an area of specialization, 15 credits in dissertation courses, and successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

Requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy program.

CNSL 6173Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
CNSL 8252Advanced Leadership and Advocacy in Counseling
CNSL 8254Advanced Multicultural Counseling
CNSL 8255Advanced Supervision in Counseling
CNSL 8257Doctoral Practicum in Counseling
CNSL 8258Advanced Theories of Counseling
CNSL 8259Doctoral Internship in Counseling and Counselor Supervision I
CNSL 8260Doctoral Internship in Counseling and Counselor Supervision II
CNSL 8961Practicum in Research (taken for 3 credits)
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses *
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
One of the following (planned in consultation with the advisor to fit dissertation proposal):
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Two of the following courses in human development:
HDEV 6129Cultural Effects on Human Development
HDEV 8100Issues and Special Topics in Human Development
HDEV 8241Emotional and Cognitive Development
HDEV 8244Adult and Aging Development
HDEV 8253Work, Identity, and Adult Development
Area of specialization
9 credits in courses selected in consultation with program advisor
CNSL 8998Predissertation Seminar
CNSL 8999Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits needed to complete requirement)
Approved dissertation proposal required
Successful completion of comprehensive exam required

*Prerequisite statistics courses must have been taken during the student's master's degree program or must be completed prior to taking required advanced courses. For students who have not had an introductory statistics course, have not had such a course in recent years, or do not feel confident in their understanding and application of basic statistical techniques (i.e. through one-way analysis of variance), EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics should be completed prior to enrolling in EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses.