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:
- Prepared to implement instructional theory and assess learning in a University environment.
- Prepared to supervise counselors and counseling students who are providing individual, group, and/or marital, couple and family counseling.
- 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).
- Knowledgeable of professional issues in the counselor education and counseling fields.
- Knowledgeable of ethical issues and practices of counselor education and counseling.
- Knowledgeable and skilled in providing advanced clinical counseling.
- Knowledgeable of cultural contexts and identities, and how they inform experiences of power, privilege, and oppression when teaching, supervising, counseling, and conducting research.
- Experienced in developing and conducting research.
- Experienced in scholarly work including professional presentation, writing for professional publication, and/or grantsmanship.
- Experienced teaching in a minimum of two CACREP common core or specialty courses.
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
- 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
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.