Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Counseling and Supervision, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Coordinator, Stephanie Crockett
Phone: (540) 568-6834

Application Date

The application date is January 5. The program will give preference to applications received by that date. Interviews of top applicants are conducted in late January and early February.

Admission Requirements

Minimum admissions requirements for the Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision Program include the following:

  • Completion of an advanced degree (M.A., M.S. or Ed.S) from an entry-level graduate counseling program. Applicants must have graduated from a counselor education program of at least 60 credit hours. Preference will be given to applicants who have graduated from a CACREP accredited program.
  • Completion of 60 credit hours of graduate counseling coursework necessary for licensure as a professional counselor or professional school counselor. Candidates must submit official transcripts documenting the completion of both undergraduate and graduate degrees, including courses that meet requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed School Counselor.
  • A history of academic success. The graduate transcripts must demonstrate readiness to succeed in doctoral-level coursework.
  • Resume. Candidates should submit a resume detailing their counseling-related training, work experiences and scholarship.
  • Supportive references. Three individuals must complete and submit reference forms. At least one individual should be well acquainted with the candidate’s academic potential. At least one person should be a supervisor or trainer who can discuss in detail the applicant’s counseling skills.
  • Professional writing sample. Application materials must include a published article, conference paper or academic paper in the field of counselor education and supervision. The sample should be between 10 and 25 pages and written in APA format.
  • Personal statement. Candidates must offer a personal statement of at least 2,000 words describing themselves and their specific interests in counselor education and supervision. They are encouraged to go beyond the grades, honors and work record that they have already provided on the application form. Instead, they are invited to share the personal qualities and life experiences that have contributed to their potential to become successful doctoral students in counselor education and supervision. Finally, they should describe the professional goals and scholarly interests they plan to pursue by completing doctoral training.


The Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision is a program committed to training counselor educators, supervisors and advanced practitioners with expertise in the theory, research and practice of counseling. Our mission is to create dynamic and innovative leaders who will serve as catalysts for progress in addressing the tremendous counseling needs of individuals, families, institutions and communities.

The students, faculty and staff members of this program vary in age, class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation and physical abilities. Putting our principles into practice, these diverse individuals create a learning community in which students thrive personally, grow professionally and share a common commitment to counseling. We challenge our students to continue their life-long journeys of exploring possibilities, refining skills and maintaining their professional vitality throughout their careers as counselors. We encourage them to support one another in the formidable task of becoming leaders who advance the counseling profession through service, research, innovation, advocacy and training.


All students must complete a scholarly dissertation.

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. program in counseling and supervision requires 48 credit hours beyond the 60 credit hours necessary for admission.


1 PSYC 881 must be taken for a total of 3.00 credit hours.
2 PSYC 892 must be taken for a total of 6.00 credit hours.
3 PSYC 900 must be taken for a total of 6.00 credit hours.