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Admission Information: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education

A limited number of students are admitted to SPU’s PhD in Counselor Education program each year. Applicants must hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the items listed in the application-requirements section below, admission decisions are based on the following:

  • Master’s degree in school counseling, mental health counseling, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, or a related counseling discipline. ESA (School Counseling) certification is preferred.
  • Experience (two years is preferable) in school-related counseling and educational service.
  • Personal interview with two graduate-level counselor education faculty members.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions:

  • Application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Official transcripts documenting excellent undergraduate and graduate GPAs from an accredited institution where an academic degree was conferred. Include post-master’s degree graduate coursework.
    • Note, to be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to Graduate Admissions as long as they remain in their original, unopened university envelope. Electronic transcripts received via eSCRIP-SAFE or Parchment Exchange are also acceptable.
    • If your degree is not from a US college or university, please arrange for your transcript to be evaluated by an accredited transcript-evaluation company, such as FIS or WES. Have the report forwarded directly to Graduate Admissions.
  • Personal statement expressing your professional plans, goals, and focus of study, as well as a rationale for pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education. This should be no more than 500 words.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores taken within five years of application.
    • Preferred minimum scores of 153 in Verbal Reasoning and 152 in Quantitative Reasoning.
  • Four recent letters of recommendation, including two academic and two professional recommendations.
  • Writing sample that demonstrates graduate-level writing skills.
  • Résumé.

Following the submission of all of these items, your file will be reviewed by the core graduate faculty. You will be contacted regarding the status of your application, and to schedule an interview, within approximately two weeks.

All correspondence regarding the interview process will be carried out by email using the address you provide in the application. Please set your email filters accordingly.

Application Deadlines

Autumn Quarter: August 15
Winter Quarter: November 15
Spring Quarter: February 15
Summer Session: May 15

Application and Admissions Questions

Contact Graduate Admissions at 800-601-0603 or gradadmissions@spu.edu.

Find information about this Program Overview, Program Outline, Suggested Course Sequence, and Admission Information.

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