The PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision is designed to build on the 60-credit CACREP master’s degree in counseling and can be completed in 2–3 years of study. This PhD program is designed to meet CACREP 2016 standards with coursework in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The PhD curriculum requires a minimum of 48 semester hours of acceptable graduate credit beyond the 60 credit hour counseling master’s degree. Each student must complete the following 1) all required and elective course work 2) comprehensive examinations 3) dissertation proposal and its defense 4) dissertation and its defense.
Students seeking admission to the program must meet the following criteria:
1A. Have earned a 48 or 60 credit hour master’s degree in counseling from a CACREP accredited institution.
1B. Have earned a 48 or 60 credit hour master’s degree in counseling NOT from a CACREP accredited program.
Students whose master’s degree is NOT from a CACREP accredited program, but hold a 48- or 60-credit counseling degree must complete the additional coursework necessary to meet CACREP 2016. A transcript audit will be completed to identify any additional coursework. No applicant will be admitted who needs more than 12 credit hours including practicum.
2. Have a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5. The doctoral coordinator, after consulting with the department screening committee, will submit a recommendation regarding applicants to the Graduate School and Research. The following criteria will be reviewed:
- All official college/university transcripts
- Two letters of academic or professional recommendation
- Goal Statement: A summary of relevant educational/work experience; reasons for wanting to earn a PhD in CES (career goals); reasons interested in IUP’s PhD program (no more than 2-3 pages)
- Example of written work
Applicants who have completed course work at other institutions may request transfer of credit. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be approved.