Counselor Education


Why study Counselor Education?

Why study Counselor Education?

The PhD in Counselor Education is a CACREP accredited doctoral program that prepares its graduates to become skilled in research, teaching, and supervision from an ecological perspective. Students select from one of three focuses to develop their specializations (multicultural/social justice, substance abuse, or school counseling). Doctoral graduates are committed to the 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 to enter the program typically possess clinical competence through their Master's program training. This allows the focus of their training to center upon development and enhancement of research, teaching, supervision, and leadership skills.

Admission Requirements

  • Master's Degree in Counseling (required with a cumulative GPA of a 3.00 or higher from a regionally acredited institution)
    • Master's degree in a Psychology or Social Work related field (an additional year of masters-level counseling coursework and additional clinical requirements are required during PhD program)
  • References (3 preferred, minimum of 1 required)
  • Goal Statement
  • Unofficial Transcripts, both undergraduate and graduate degree, from all colleges/universities attended
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Writing Sample

Application Procedures:

Prospective students must complete the online application by December 1 for the following Fall entry term. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted in time for the deadline as well. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Unofficial Transcripts:

At the time of application, please upload unofficial transcripts to the application from all colleges and universities attended.

Official Transcript Submission after Enrollment Confirmation:

Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, they must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a bachelor's degree or higher. Official final transcripts or transcript evaluations showing bachelor's degree conferral must be submitted by the start of a student's first term of enrollment at UC. A course registration hold will be placed on the second term of enrollment for any student missing their official transcript/transcript evaluation showing bachelor's degree conferral.

For more information on where to submit official transcripts, please visit the Graduate College's website.

UC Alumni

Students who have received a degree from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official copies of their UC transcripts but do still need to submit unofficial copies as a part of the application process. 

Students with goals for research and teaching in higher education are well-aligned with program outcomes and the advanced mentoring provided through the program. Strong analytical and writing skills are beneficial to meeting learning goals within the program. In addition, those who demonstrate creativity and effective time management skills are positioned for success at UC and into their careers as counselor educators.

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, leadership and service across settings.

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

For international admissions requirements, please visit our website.

Application Deadlines

December 1 - All accepted students start in the following fall semester.

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).

Contact Information

CECH Office of Recruitment
PO BOX 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6308

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Program Code: 18DOC-CSLR-PHD