Advance your expertise and ability to serve others

Whether you're looking to practice, educate or lead in the counseling field, our nationally accredited (CACREP) Counselor Education and Supervision program will ensure that you are able to explore your specific interests. Elevate your skills in areas such as play therapy, child and adolescent counseling or couples and family counseling. It all starts here. Begin your journey and apply today!

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite
Duration 4 to 7 years
Foreign Language None
Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 69-72 hours
Dissertation Requirements Yes, Dissertation
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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN COUNSELING 2

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN Counseling

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

What You Will Learn

A Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision offers the opportunity to:

  • Learn advanced counseling theories and techniques
  • Develop your research and writing abilities
  • Apply your knowledge to the real world through hands-on experience
  • Receive the guidance you need from faculty
  • Gain insight into the doctoral professional identity in areas of counseling, supervision, teaching, scholarship, leadership and advocacy
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Counseling :: DoctoralChecklist

Doctoral Program Checklist

Earning your doctorate degree might seem complicated and worrisome. Learn more about the steps you’ll take with this helpful checklist.

  • Read the doctoral handbook
  • Meet with your assigned advisor
  • Begin residency requirements (review in doctoral handbook)
  • Complete all doctoral coursework
  • Complete COMPS Portfolio
  • Obtain doctoral candidate status
  • Begin the dissertation process
  • File for graduation
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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: Careers

Careers

Our program prepares you to serve a critical role in the workforce. From clinical counseling to academic positions, you’re chance to make an impact is out there.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

School and Career Counselor
$57,040
Instructional Coordinator
$66,290
Postsecondary Teacher
$79,540

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery

Our part-time program blends academic and experiential components to round out your education. Online courses allow for flexibility in your schedule and the ability to work while pursuing your degree.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: Program Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Spring admission consideration: October 15
Summer admission consideration: March 1

This program does not have fall admission consideration.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application at tamuc.edu/apply.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Counselor Education and Supervision, PHD” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

You must hold one of the following GPA requirements to be considered for doctoral admission:

  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours or an awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 2.75 GPA or higher or
  • An awarded master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.4 GPA or higher in the field of counseling or closely related field.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals Form

Submit the Statement of Goals Form

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Counseling Essay

Submit a one-page essay which closely addresses the following:

  • Describe your personal philosophy of the principles which guide therapeutic change. Identify aspects of this philosophy that derive from counseling theorists and those which are your own.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Request three signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program.

  • Two of the references should hold a doctoral degree.

Those individuals should

Test Scores

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: Program Admission Requirements, International

Deadlines

Spring admission consideration: October 15
Summer admission consideration: March 1

This program does not have fall admission consideration.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application at tamuc.edu/apply.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Counselor Education and Supervision, PHD” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

You must hold one of the following GPA requirements to be considered for doctoral admission:

  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours or an awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 2.75 GPA or higher or
  • An awarded master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.4 GPA or higher in the field of counseling or closely related field.
Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals Form

Submit the Statement of Goals Form found in the Application Packet. An additional page can be added.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Counseling Essay

Submit a one-page essay which closely addresses the following topic:

  • Describe your personal philosophy of the principles which guide therapeutic change. Identify aspects of this philosophy that derive from counseling theorists and those which are your own.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Request three signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program.

  • At least one of the references should hold a doctoral degree.

Those individuals should

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

Test Scores

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Funding

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011

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