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Admission and Application

CACREP Knowledge Areas: It is expected that applicants will have completed a master's degree in counseling or a related field that includes eight (8) knowledge areas of concentration required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The eight areas are: Professional Identity, Social and Cultural Diversity, Human Growth and Development, Career Development, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Assessment, and Research and Program Evaluation. Applicants who have not graduated from a CACREP master's program, and who have not completed courses in the CACREP 8 core areas, 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 koblertj@duq.edu. He will review the transcript to identify what additional coursework is needed to satisfy this CACREP requirement.

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

Application & Procedures

The application deadline to be considered for the fall semester cohort is January 10th. Applications may be accepted beyond this date if there remain openings in the doctoral program.

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 professionals familiar with you, your academic potential, or work experience. One (1) of the recommendation forms may be completed by a Duquesne counseling faculty member if the doctoral applicant is a graduate of Duquesne's masters' programs in counseling.  If you cannot access some of these links, such as the Doctoral Online Application, the Supervisor's Evaluation form, or the Academic/Professional Evaluation form, we recommend that you try 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 and graduate study to:

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

6. Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing sections) (within 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. The GRE scores are one factor in the admissions decision; however, an applicant's overall academic record will be 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