Counseling PhD

The Ph.D. in Counseling is a nationally accredited program (CACREP) that provides students with advanced clinical training and supervision as well as opportunities for scholarly activity in the field of counseling. A primary focus of the program is to equip students to become counselor educators. Students who pursue this degree usually want one or more of the following from the program.
  • Advanced clinical training that will better equip students to become private practitioners or directors of clinical agencies
  • Training in supervision that will enable licensed professional counselors to become board approved supervisors
  • Preparation to become counselor educators

Doctoral Admission Packet

Counseling Admission Packet

Departmental Website

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Requirements for All Students

  • Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  •  4 Letters of Recommendation - 2 of the 4 letters must be from people that hold a doctoral degree

  • Counseling Essay
  • Statement of Goals

  • Official GRE Scores

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or
    • Successful completion of the A&M-Commerce English Language Institute (ELI) program

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15