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Coordinator:
Dr. Todd Leibert
440K Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2626
leibert@oakland.edu

Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Counseling

Program Overview
The Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Counseling program is an 84-credit hour program designed for individuals who wish to become leaders in the field areas of advanced clinical practice, mental health care administration, counseling research, and counseling supervision. The Ph.D. program features rigorous training in the areas of clinical work, teaching, research and service.

The curriculum has been established according to the guidelines set forth by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The program allows students to pursue one of five cognate areas:
  • addiction counseling
  • advanced career counseling
  • child and adolescent counseling
  • couple and family counseling
  • mental health counseling
Additionally, the program provides for advanced preparation in the following content areas:
  • theory pertaining to the principles and practice of individual counseling, group work, consultation, and counselor supervision
  • instructional theory and methods relevant to counselor education
  • design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative research methodology
  • models and methods of assessment and appraisal
  • ethical and legal issues; career development, implications of sociocultural, demographic, and lifestyle diversity
  • philosophical and professional orientation 
Admissions Requirements
Applications will be accepted until December 1st of each year.
  1. Applications are online at graduate admissions.
  2. Department requirements include: Masters degree in counseling or related field, a written goal statement, professional experience,  Official GRE test scores, Curriculum Vitae. 
  3. Faculty interview applicants who score highest on the entrance examination.
  4. Final admission recommendations are then forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the Department of Counseling faculty working as a committee of the whole.
  5. The program is cohort based and allows for the admission of eight doctoral students every year.