Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision

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Our CACREP-accredited Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program prepares graduates to acquire faculty positions and assume leadership positions in mental health and school settings. You receive intense training in counseling, teaching, supervision, research, and advocacy. Classes are held during weeknights and our coursework is completed within two (2) years.

Strengths of the 51-credit Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program include:

CACREP Accreditation

Our Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which means that the program has 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 program improvement.

Counselor preparation 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 are generally not eligible for counselor education faculty positions

Graduate Assistantship (GA) Positions

Competitive graduate assistant positions are available.

Success of Graduates

Graduates have been very successful in obtaining faculty and leadership positions regionally and nationally.

Executive Model

Courses are held during weeknights which permits for employment, and many of the students maintain full-time employment.

Time to Degree

The coursework is completed within two (2) years. Some students have earned their degree within three years. The curriculum involves 9 credits during the fall and spring semesters and 6 credits during the summer semesters.


The faculty members have considerable professional experience and are active within the profession as scholars, supervisors, counselors and consultants. The faculty members have extensive relationships with the community agencies, universities and schools in the Pittsburgh area.


Students receive extensive training in counseling, supervision, teaching and research.

Research Orientation

The Program emphasizes both qualitative and quantitative research.

University's Reputation

Duquesne University has a national and growing reputation. Duquesne is ranked as a Top tier university (US News and World Report, 2018).


Duquesne University is situated in the heart of Pittsburgh, a vibrant and safe city that has been recognized world-wide for its livability, welcoming atmosphere and professional opportunity. In 2014, The Economist again named Pittsburgh the most livable city in the contiguous United States, and The Travel Channel has called Pittsburgh "... bubbling over with young people helping to redefine the city."

Counselor Education Program Objectives

The educational experiences of Duquesne's Counselor Education program:

  • Are grounded in theories of wellness, holism and development
  • Involve community engagement and are informed by an understanding of systemic context and multicultural theory
  • Focus on the core elements of an effective helping relationship
  • Emphasize self-awareness, personal development and experiential learning

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Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate Statistics

Statistics 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Number of Graduates 8 7 7 6 10
Completion Rate  78% 78% 50% 82% 82%
Job Placement Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

For additional information and statistics, please see the Annual Report (.pdf)

Admissions & Aid

Program Information

This CACREP-accredited Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program prepares graduates to acquire faculty positions and assume leadership positions in mental health and school settings.





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Susan Burich

Assistant to the Program Director