Counselor Education, PhD

College of Education

Program Description:

Consistent with the goals and vision of the College of Education, the Counselor Education Program is committed to promoting excellence and diversity in teaching, scholarship, and community service. We work to promote an understanding of human development and psychological health that will improve and foster optimal potential for individuals, families, and our communities. The program features an integration of theory, research, and practice and interdisciplinary collaboration that is intended to prepare counselors who are informed, who will be sensitive to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, families, and communities, and who will value and promote the dignity, potential and well-being of all people.The doctoral program is intended to enable qualifying Master’s level counselors to extend their career opportunities. Ordinarily students enter the Ph.D. program having already earned a Master’s degree in Counseling, having developed their counseling skills, and being license eligible as a professional counselor. The Ph.D. program prepares students to demonstrate proficiency in research,  counseling theory and practice, teaching, supervision, consultation, and diversity studies, beyond the competencies required of Master’s level counselors. To this end we are especially invested in our doctoral students being able to articulate an integrative theory of professional counseling, engaging in supervised practice of counseling supervision, teaching, research,consultation, and developing expertise in understanding the variety of social ecological factors that advance wellness within people. The Ph.D. program is not a psychology program and does not prepare students for Licensure as a psychologist. 

Admission Requirements:

 To apply to the Ph.D.  Program contact the Counselor Education Program by calling  (505) 277-4535, or emailing a request to You will be sent an application packet that includes the  program information sheet, program application, and three Letters of Recommendation. Please carefully follow the instructions contained in the application packet you receive.  In order to be considered, letters of recommendation must be signed by you with the waiver option indicated.  The personal statement/intent and writing sample must be submitted in hardcopy by you. Also, be aware that you need to apply to the Office of Admissions either submitting a paper application or for faster service apply online at You will also need to turn in an Official transcript from every University or institution of higher learning that you have attended. Transcripts can take up to a month to be sent from your prior universities. Be sure to request them as soon as possible. Applications without transcripts are incomplete and not reviewed. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00. Application deadline for receipt of all materials and fees is November 1st.

Contact Information:

Jean Keim: Program Coordinator
(505) 277-4535