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Admissions Requirements for the Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision

CACREP Knowledge Areas: In accordance with the requirements of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), upon entry to the doctoral program, doctoral students must have obtained a master's degree in counseling or a closely related field, and they must have completed courses that correspond to CACREP's 8 knowledge areas, which are 1) Professional Identity, 2) Social and Cultural Diversity, 3) Human Growth and Development, 4) Career Development, 5) Helping Relationships, 6) Group Work, 7) Assessment, and 8) Research and Program Evaluation. Applicants who have not graduated from a CACREP master's program, or who have a master's in psychology, social work, or a related field, are to mail or e-mail an unofficial copy of their master's transcript to the Program Director, Dr. Jered Kolbert at kolbertj@duq.edu. He will review the transcript to identify what additional coursework is needed to satisfy this CACREP pre-requisite.

Quality Point Average (QPA): Applicants should have a Quality Point Average (GPA) of 3.25 or better for all relevant graduate work completed.

Application Steps

Application Deadline: The Counselor Education Program is continuing to accept applications for the Fall 2016 admissions cycle.

1.  Complete the University Online Application.  International applicants must visit the Office of International Programs for their application and procedures.

2.  Complete the Counselor Education Doctoral Application.

3.  E-mail the Supervisor’s Evaluation and Recommendation to a former or current supervisor.

4.  E-mail the Academic/Professional Evaluation and Recommendation to two (2) professionals familiar with you, your academic potential, or work experience. One (1) of the recommendation forms may be completed by a Duquesne counselor education faculty member if the doctoral applicant is a graduate of Duquesne's master's programs in counselor education.  If you cannot access some of these links, such as the Counselor Education Doctoral Online Application, the Supervisor's Evaluation form, or the Academic/Professional Evaluation form, we recommend using an alternative browser such as Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome, and obviously please ask your recommenders to do so as well. If you continue to have problems, please contact Mrs. Sugrhue at sughrueb@duq.edu.

5. Mail official transcripts for all undergraduate study to:

Mrs. Beverly Sughrue
Counselor Education Program Office
Duquesne University
School of Education
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

The School of Education at Duquesne University will accept an electronic transcript as long as it is from the university's registrar. Electronic transcripts are emailed to Ms. Sughrue at: sughrueb@duq.edu.

6. Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (Reading, Mathematics, & Writing sections) (within the past 5 years) to Duquesne University (Subject tests are not required). The GRE code for Duquesne University is 2196. Information on registering and submitting previous GRE scores can be found at the ETS website. Applicants in the Pittsburgh area often take the GRE at the University of Pittsburgh or Sylvan Learning Centers. The GRE scores are one factor in the admissions decision, as the applicant's overall academic record (e.g., recommendations, personal statement, transcripts, interview, etc.) are considered.

Status of Application
To check the status of an application, please contact the Counselor Education Program Assistant, Mrs. Beverly Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu / 412-396-1194.

Selected applicants will be invited to interview either on campus in late January or early to mid- February.
Offers of admission will be made by March 15th. Applicants who do not reside within the region may request a phone interview by contacting Mrs. Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu / 412-396-1194.

Admission Decisions
Offers of admission will be made by March 15th. In accordance with inter-university agreement concerning graduate admissions, applicants who receive an admissions offer do not need to accept the offer until April 15th.

International Applicants - Additional Application Steps
7. Duquesne University requires submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores for all non-native English speaking applicants or applicants who have not a received a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States. 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

8. Scores for the TOEFL and the IELTS are to be submitted to:

Mrs. Beverly Sughrue
Counseling Program Assistant
Duquesne University
School of Education
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282