Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Counseling

The doctor of philosophy in counseling degree program balances training in rigorous research with advanced counseling and supervision. Graduates typically serve in faculty positions in universities, or in leadership positions in counseling practices.

The program offers challenging coursework and continued development of counseling and counseling supervision skills at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development's Community Counseling Service Center. Designed to be completed in three to four years, the program builds students' knowledge and capacity to conduct research, publish, provide advanced counseling services, develop counseling supervision skills, and teach at the graduate level. Faculty expertise is represented in several areas including trauma, human sexuality, child and adolescent development, ethics and counselor development, grief and loss, substance abuse, and multicultural counseling. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

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Applicants must possess a master’s degree by the time they start the program. If the master’s degree is not CACREP-accredited, then significant master’s-level course work will be added to the program plan described below.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

A minimum of 75 credits, including 33 credits in core courses, 12 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.

Counseling core
CNSL 8251Advanced Psychopathology and Pharmacology
CNSL 8252Leadership and Advocacy in Counseling
CNSL 8254Advanced Multicultural Counseling
CNSL 8255Supervision in Counseling
CNSL 8256Doctoral Practicum in Counseling (taken for a total of 6 credits)
CNSL 8257Doctoral Internship in Teaching
CNSL 8258Advanced Theories of Counseling
CNSL 8259Doctoral Internship in Supervision I
CNSL 8260Doctoral Internship in Supervision II
CNSL 8961Doctoral Internship 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 courses selected in consultation with the advisor to coordinate with the dissertation:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses (taken for 3 credits)
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
Human development emphasis
Two of the following courses:
HDEV 6129Cultural Effects on Human Development
HDEV 8100Issues and Special Topics in Human Development (taken for 3 credits)
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 the advisor.
CNSL 8998Predissertation Seminar
CNSL 8999Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum total of 12 credits.)
An approved dissertation proposal is required.
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is 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.