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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.  For more information, please contact Amanda Carlisle at 513-556-3335 or amanda.carlisle@uc.edu.

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

Admission Requirements include:

  • 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 Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.  

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail:               Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

Graduate School                             Graduate School

University of Cincinnati                 University of Cincinnati

110 Van Wormer Hall                    2614 McMicken Circle

P.O. Box 210627                            110 Van Wormer Hall

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627         Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail:               Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

Graduate School                             Graduate School

University of Cincinnati                 University of Cincinnati

110 Van Wormer Hall                    2614 McMicken Circle

P.O. Box 210627                            110 Van Wormer Hall

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627         Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Application Deadlines

Priority application deadline: January 15

Final application deadline: January 31

All applications must be made through the Graduate School.

Accreditation

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


This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Quick Facts

Doctor of Education Degree in Counselor Education

Full-Time Program Duration

5 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Highly Competitive

Contact

PO Box 210068
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-3716
Mei Tang
mei.tang@uc.edu