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Counselor Education

What is Counselor Education?

The CACREP accredited Doctoral Program in Counseling prepares leader-scientists skilled in research, teaching, and supervision from an ecological perspective. A focus in the program has been on prevention, community-based school and mental health services, and substance use.  Doctoral graduates are committed to development of their research and teaching potential, in addition to developing skills that enable them to provide service and leadership for diverse populations, emphasizing underserved groups. Candidates selected for inclusion in the program typically possess clinical competence through their Masters program training. This allows the focus of their training to center upon coursework, research and enhancement of teaching skills. Doctoral training also may be focused to augment clinical skills by emphasizing advanced competence in planning, evaluation, change strategies, leadership, teaching and research.

Success Factors

Students typically enter with a goal of engaging in research and teaching. Having good analytical and writing skills are also beneficial to accomplishing learning goals within the program. Creativity and time management are also good skills at the doctoral level.

Career Possibilities

The scientist-practitioner focus of the program allows students to focus on interests that are consistent with jobs in academia. Students have enjoyed a wide range of career possibilities in the areas of research, teaching and leadership and service in different community-based mental health organizations.

Curriculum Guides

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Opportunities for independent study and research and teaching internships allow students to develop a course of study that is tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

Freshman Admission Requirements

  • Master's Degree in Counseling or a Related Field (with a GPA of a 3.20 or higher)
  • GRE scores of no older than five years
  • Three references
  • Goal Statement
  • Transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate degree
  • Vita
  • Writing Sample

Application Deadlines

Priority application deadline: January 15

Final application deadline: January 31

All applications must be made through the Graduate School:


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Education Degree in Counselor Education

Full-Time Program Duration

5 Years


Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria



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