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Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision

The doctoral program (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision upholds the highest national standards as demonstrated by accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program is accredited until October 30, 2020. Graduates of our program are trained to be leaders in recognizing and respecting the needs of individuals and groups and demonstrate an increased awareness of multicultural and diversity issues. 

The culture of the doctoral program is one of individual attention and support from faculty so that students are able to develop a plan of study that best suits their individual needs and professional interests. There are a small number of students admitted each year so the faculty may build strong relationships with their advisees, as well as students in their classes. The counselor education faculty members mentor students in research and scholarship. Opportunities for supervising master’s level students are readily available and the on-site clinic provides easy access for advanced clinical practice. 

You will find that throughout the program your feedback will be highly regarded. We know that part of what helps us to continue to set and meet high standards is our willingness to listen to what you have to say.

Program Objectives

The doctoral program objectives address the professional leadership roles and competencies expected of doctoral graduates in the following areas: supervision, leadership, counseling practice, and research. Graduates of the counselor education and supervision program will:

  1. Develop further their identity as a professional in the field of counseling and supervision;
  2. Meet criteria for appropriate credentials and licensure needed for professional career goals;
  3. Apply understanding and application of advanced supervision theory and practice;
  4. Understand the major roles of a counselor educator in the areas of teaching, research, and service;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate the learning of students seeking careers as professional counselors;
  6. Understand research methodology and process as applied to the field of counseling;
  7. Conduct and analyze research;
  8. Demonstrate research and writing skills at a level necessary for publishing in peer reviewed journals and other professional sources; and
  9. Enhance practices related to the issues of diversity, equity, and advocacy


To be considered for acceptance, the applicant will be evaluated individually based upon but not limited to the following:

  1. Meet graduate school admissions requirements, including a Bachelors Degree with a minimum grade average of 3.0;
  2. Possess a Master's degree in counseling or a related field. Graduates of CACREP accredited programs receive preference. If individuals do not have a master’s degree, they may be considered, but must meet all CACREP requirements for a master’s degree prior to taking core courses in the Ph.D. program;
  3. Demonstrate an interest in counseling, teaching, research, and professional service;
  4. Express counselor education and supervision career goals;
  5. Arrange for in-depth interview with the Counselor Education faculty at a date and time specified by the faculty;
  6. Meet the two-year cohort residency requirements and attend the program full time for those two years;
  7. Complete all international student requirements, where appropriate;
  8. Discuss, as appropriate, relevant personal history within the interview process;
  9. Sign a disclosure statement regarding activities, which may be deemed inappropriate by professional and/or ethical standards.

Application Information

We consider applications for the fall and spring semesters. Deadlines are October 1st and May 1st. Apply through the Graduate School website. This website has general information about graduate school requirements, how to apply online, and other useful links such as financial aid. International students will also find this a good starting point for exploring graduate study in counseling at NDSU. 


Information and Forms

Comprehensive Exams


Plan of Study

Information   Required Courses

Contact Information

  • Doctoral Program Coordinator: Jill R. Nelson, Ph.D., Associate Dean/Human Development and Education & Associate Professor/School of Education
  • Academic Assistant: Carol Nelson

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