Fall - November 15
Standardized test scores:
GRE general test (institutional code 5246) is optional.
Three (3) recommendations
Prior academic records:
Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.
Statement of purpose:
In an essay of 500-750 words, state your purpose in undertaking doctoral level study in counseling. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. We are interested in determining your fit with our program and faculty, so be sure to identify faculty that could serve as potential mentors to you in research. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any research or teaching experience you have had.
A master’s degree and a resumé is required.
International applicants only:
Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
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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 outlined below.
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.
|Advanced Psychopathology and Pharmacology
|Leadership and Advocacy in Counseling
|Advanced Multicultural Counseling
|Supervision in Counseling
|Doctoral Practicum in Counseling (taken for a total of 6 credits)
|Doctoral Internship in Teaching
|Advanced Theories of Counseling
|Doctoral Internship in Supervision I
|Doctoral Internship in Supervision II
|Doctoral Internship in Research (taken for 3 credits)
|Group Comparison Designs and Analyses *
|Qualitative Research Methods
|Predictive Designs and Analyses
|and 3 credits in Level B research methods coursework selected in consultation with advisor to coordinate with the dissertation.
|Human development courses
|Two courses selected from the following:
|Cultural Effects on Human Development
|Issues and Special Topics in Human Development (taken for 3 credits)
|Emotional and Cognitive Development
|Adult and Aging Development
|Work, Identity, and Adult Development
|Area of specialization courses
|9 credits in courses selected in consultation with the advisor.
|Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum total of 12 credits.)
|An approved dissertation proposal is required.
|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.
Doctoral Program Level B Courses
GSEHD's Level B research methods courses are advanced courses in a specific research methodology. All GSEHD doctoral students are required to take at least one Level B course in the methodology of their dissertation. The courses listed below are approved to meet this requirement. EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses, and EDUC 8122 Qualitative Research Methods, must be completed before enrolling in a Level B course.
Some programs require more than one Level B course. Some Level B courses are taken in a predetermined sequence; for this reason, students should check each course description for prerequisites, as courses in the sequence build on others. More information regarding the Level B course sequence is available in the GSEHD Doctoral Student Handbook; students also may consult their faculty advisor or research methods faculty for additional guidance.
|Experimental Courses (Mixed Methods Research)
|Survey Research Methods
|Case Study Research Methods
|Ethnographic Research Methods
|Phenomenological Research Methods
|Critical Methodologies in Educational Research
|Qualitative Data Collection
|Qualitative Data Analysis
|Predictive Designs and Analyses
|Structural Equation Modeling
|Hierarchical Linear Modeling
|Item Response Theory