Counselor Education, PhD

Our doctoral program in counselor education focuses on preparing you to teach counseling-related courses, supervise students, conduct research and participate in service activities related to the preparation of counselors and the advancement of the counseling profession. Our program is also for you if you are interested in pursuing a career in academia and higher education. 

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Why Counselor Education at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • developing competencies for leadership and instructional roles in counselor education and supervision, advanced counseling practice and research
  • emphasis on research, counseling and skills training as the model for preparation
  • maximized learning through peer interactions with other counselor education and counseling and school psychology doctoral students

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Credits required for completion 72
Time to completion 4 to 5+ years
Course delivery On campus
  • Administrative positions in program development and evaluation at educational/community service settings
  • Clinical supervision
  • Directors/coordinators/consultants of guidance, pupil personnel or counseling programs in K–12 school districts
  • Faculty positions in the fields of counselor education, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling and school counseling
  • Professional positions at government agencies or hospitals/clinics
  • Professional positions at research institutions
Internship contact hours 9 credit hours
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

Program of Study

Semester 1

CEP 509 Educational and Psychological Measurement
CEP 522 Statistical Methods Educational Inference I
CEP 581 Research Methods I
CEP 594 Teaching Practicum**

Semester 2

CEP 523 Statistical Methods Educational Inference 2
CEP 582 Research Methods II
CEP 600CE Internship
CEP 630 or CEP 686 Doctoral Seminar (Counsel or Vocational) 

Semester 3

CEP 600CE Internship
CEP 700 Research Project Guidance (qualifying paper)
ELP Minimum of one course in the field of higher education to be selected in consultation with your advisor
One Advanced Qualitative Analysis Course 

Semester 4

CEP 617 Group Counseling Theory & Practice
CEP 630 or CEP 686 Doctoral Seminar (Counsel or Vocational)
CEP 634 Multicultural Counseling
CEP 665 Doctoral Seminar in Supervision 

Semester 5

CEP elective courses
CEP 600CE Internship
CEP 702 Individual Guidance of Dissertation 

Semester 6

CEP 702 Individual Guidance of Dissertation 

Application Requirements

You must hold a master's degree in a related field. 

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Graduate Record Exam scores. Please use Institution Code 2925 and Department Code 2005.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Personal Interview upon university request: Applicants must make themselves available for interviews with faculty on campus. In most cases there will be one current doctoral student interviewing as well.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0 
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50 
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.