Counselor Education & Counseling PhD

The Ph.D. is accredited through CACREP and is designed for master-level clinicians pursuing a terminal degree that focuses on advanced research skills, clinical supervision skills, and honing teaching practice. Ph.D. students in the Department of Counselor Education at The University of Montana will be:

  1. Prepared to implement instructional theory and assess learning in a University environment.
  2. Prepared to supervise counselors and counseling students who are providing individual, group, and/or marital, couple and family counseling. 
  3. Prepared to serve the profession and public as advocates and active participants in organizations such as the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).
  4. Knowledgeable of professional issues in the counselor education and counseling fields.
  5. Knowledgeable of ethical issues and practices of counselor education and counseling.
  6. Knowledgeable and skilled in providing advanced clinical counseling. 
  7. Knowledgeable of cultural contexts and identities, and how they inform experiences of power, privilege, and oppression when teaching, supervising, counseling, and conducting research.
  8. Experienced in developing and conducting research.
  9. Experienced in scholarly work including professional presentation, writing for professional publication, and/or grantsmanship.
  10. Experienced teaching in a minimum of two CACREP common core or specialty courses. 

Program of Study

EDLD 620: Qualitative Research (or equivalent) – 3 credits
EDLD 618: Educational Statistics (or equivalent) – 3 credits
EDLD 625: Quantitative Research (or equivalent) – 3 credits
COUN 620: Advanced Counseling Theory – 3 credits
COUN 630: Doctoral Clinical Practice – 3 credits
COUN 635: Clinical Supervision – 3 credits
COUN 650: Pedagogy and the Professorate – 3 credits
COUN 640: Professional Leadership – 3 credits
COUN 685: Doctoral Internship – 6-12 credits
COUN 645: Comprehensive Exams – 2 credits
COUN 699: Dissertation – 3-14 credits
ELECTIVE: Advanced Research Course (advisor approved) – 3 credits
ELECTIVE: Area of Scholarly Interest (advisor approved) – 3 credits

Total credit requirement: minimum of 48 credits beyond the Master’s degree

PhD Application Requirements

Required Materials

  • Current résumé (CV)
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Official academic transcripts from ALL higher-education institutions of previous study
  • Official GRE scores
    • Doctoral applicants must have a minimum GRE verbal score of 153 and math score of 146 (500 verbal, 500 math converted score prior to 9/1/2011)
    • In the event of a lower GRE score, on rare occasions a combination of other factors may allow for provisional acceptance
  • Personal statement
    • Tell us more about you, your motivations for pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education, the qualities you would bring to the profession, what you hope to do with the degree

Application Information

The application submission deadline for the Counselor Education & Counseling doctoral program is December 15. A second round of applicant reviews will be conducted February 1, if positions are unfilled.

Graduate student applicants must apply online. Contact the Graduate School (406-243-2572) with further questions regarding the online application process. If admitted, students may begin their graduate program in either Summer Session or Fall Semester. 

English Language Requirements: 
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores. If the TOEFL score is below 580 (paper-based test), 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (internet-based test), the IELTS score is below 7.0 or the MELAB score is below 82, applicants may be admitted provisionally into a graduate program or as a graduate non-degree student and will be required to complete English as a Second Language (ESL) courses before participating in Counselor Education courses.