Nov 30, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling and Supervision, Ph.D.

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Dr. Barry Stein, Department Chair

Dr. Mark Loftis, Program Contact


Key features of this 48-hour doctoral degree program include:  it is designed to meet CACREP standards; and places an emphasis on rural mental health issues.

The profile of an applicant for this program is a professional who:  1) holds a master’s degree in counseling and has related professional experience; 2) is interested in furthering their career by pursuing opportunities in counselor education, supervision, program evaluation, and other advanced positions; and 3) is committed to effecting change in regional mental health issues such as addictions. 

Admission Requirements

The Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision is a terminal degree.  The department offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for success and the appropriate disposition for counseling and supervision in the Ph.D. program. 

The recommended admission requirements are:

  • Scores on the General Record Exam (GRE) of 146 on verbal reasoning, 140 on quantitative reasoning, and a 4.0 on analytical writing.
  • A 3.5 grade point average (GPA) from an accredited Master’s level program in a counseling or closely related program.
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate and graduate institution, as well as transcripts from any additional institutions of higher education attended.
  • Three acceptable letters of recommendation for graduate study from either former faculty members or other persons with adequate knowledge of the applicant’s professional qualities and/or potential for success in a Ph.D. program (faculty review committee reserves the right to determine suitability of the letters.)
  • An English proficiency equivalent of Level 9 in FLS (applicable to those applicants from countries in which the official language is other than English).
  • Successful interview with the faculty review committee with a focus on dis-positional congruence, personal intent, and professional aspirations.

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision is a 48 credit hour doctoral degree program.  The program consists of three degree components:  Counseling and Supervision Core Coursework; Research Coursework; and Dissertation Research.

Ph.D. Counseling and Supervision
Requirements Credit Hours
Counseling and Supervision Core Coursework (listed below) 21
Research Core Coursework (listed below)  18
Dissertation Research Hours (COUN 7990  9
Total Degree Requirements 48

Note:  Two prerequisite and/or support courses (PSY 6310  , PSY 6930  ) may be required as determined by the advisor.

Research Core Coursework (18 hours)

Dissertation Research (9 credit hours)

Advisor Guided Electives

Research core requirements include an option of one elective.  Electives may be taken in the COUN or PSY areas at the 6000 or 7000 level.

Prerequisite Courses (6 credit hours)

The advisor will determine if prerequisite courses are required.

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