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Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision

The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision at Duquesne University is designed for counselors who wish to enhance their professional capabilities in research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, and counseling. The program is appropriate for professional counselors who want to teach in counselor preparation programs and/or obtain supervisory positions in schools and agencies.

The Ph.D. Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which means that the program uses a nationally recognized and rigorous curriculum. Programs that receive CACREP accreditation have demonstrated a commitment to high admissions, academic and fieldwork standards and current best practices in counselor preparation and ongoing program improvement. Masters' and doctoral counseling programs that are accredited by CACREP must hire faculty who have earned a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision, preferably from a CACREP-accredited program. This has increased the marketability of graduates of CACREP accredited doctoral programs. Counseling psychology or clinical psychology graduates will not be eligible to be hired to teach in CACREP accredited programs. More information about CACREP accreditation can be found here.


The Ph.D. program consists of 60 graduate credits which may be completed within two-and-a-half years. Doctoral students are enrolled full-time, taking 9 credits during the fall and spring semesters, and 6 credits during the first and second summer semesters. The Ph.D. program is structured in a manner that allows doctoral students to be enrolled full-time and maintain the option of full-time employment as classes are scheduled during weeknights and Saturdays. Doctoral students participate in a cohort model. The Program cannot be completed on a part-time basis.

To find out more about our program's goals, strengths, and focus, click here.

Admission Requirements

1. Academic Background
Applicants possessing a master’s degree from a program accredited Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) are preferred.  If applicants have not graduated from a program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), applicants must demonstrate or complete the following prior to entering the doctoral program:
a) complete courses in the following 8 CACREP knowledge areas: 1) Professional Orientation & Ethical Practice, 2) Social & Cultural Diversity, 3) Human Growth & Development, 4) Career Development, 5) Helping Relationships (counseling theories and techniques), 6) Group Work, 7) Assessment, 8) Research & Program Evaluation;
b) complete at least a 100 clock hour practicum and a 600 clock hour internship;
c) complete the curricular requirements of a specific program area, such as school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling, etc.
Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Jered Kolbert at kolbertj@duq.edu, who can assist applicants in determining whether they have satisfied these pre-requisites or develop a plan to satisfy these pre-requisites.

2. Personal Characteristics
Applicants will be able to demonstrate a personal fitness for the counseling profession including evidence of accurate self-awareness, emotional stability and good mental health.

3. Counseling and Supervision Career Goals
The Ph.D. program emphasizes training in counselor education and supervision. The stated career goals of applicants are reviewed to determine if they are an appropriate match with the goals of the Program.

4. Verbal and Written Communication
a. Applicants may be asked to participate in a group and/or individual interview where they will have an opportunity to demonstrate their verbal communication abilities and cognitive complexity.

b. Applicants will demonstrate appropriate written communication skills through the submission of a 750 word personal statement that is part of the Doctoral Program's online application, and through the writing score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

5. Technological Competence
Applicants are expected to have competence in applying technological application to the study and practice of teaching, supervision, and research.

6. English Proficiency Requirement
Duquesne University requires submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores for all non-native English speaking applicants. Additionally, the English as a Second Language Program conducts a review of each matriculated student upon arrival to determine individual needs for English instruction to support success in his/her chosen degree program.

The University requires the following minimum scores in each area to be considered for admission.

TOEFL: a minimum of 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT) with no sub-score less than 17, or 550 on the paper-based test

IELTS: a minimum of 6.5 with no sub-score less than those listed for each area

Minimum required subscores:

Reading 17 6.5
Writing 17 5.5
Speaking     17 5.5
Listening     17 6.0


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Graduate Assistants & Aid

There are several forms of financial assistance available for students in the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision. To learn more about these options, click here.


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