PhD in Counselor Education

Our PhD program in counselor education is specifically designed for those who are interested in pursuing a career in academia, higher education and advanced level positions at counseling agencies. This is not an entry-level program, as you should possess a master's degree in counseling (or a counseling-related field) and a minimum of two to three years of professional experience in counseling.

Counselor Education at a glance:
Application deadline: Rolling
Degree granted: PhD
Typical careers:
  • Clinical supervision
  • Directors of guidance or pupil personnel programs or coordinators/consultants in guidance and counseling programs in K-12 school districts
  • Faculty positions in the fields of counselor education, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling and school counseling
  • Professional administrative positions in program development and evaluation at both educational and community service settings
  • Professional positions at government agencies or hospitals/clinics
  • Professional positions at research institutions

Program Goals

The goals for the doctorate in counselor education include the provision of experiences which prepare graduates to teach, supervise, conduct research and participate in service activities related to the preparation of counselors and the advancement of the counseling profession.

You are expected to develop competencies for leadership and instructional roles in counselor education and supervision, advanced counseling practice and research. Although you are provided training in teaching, assessment, supervision, research, and intervention, the basic intent of the program is to enhance your already-established knowledge, skills and ethical standards in the field of counseling.

Interaction among students is encouraged since many students have years of experience. At UB, we understand that much learning comes through peer interaction. The program stresses research and counseling and includes skills training as the model for preparation.

The minimum requirement, stated by the UB Graduate School, for the PhD in counselor education is 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. At least 48 of the hours must be taken at UB. Dissertation credit is not included in the minimum standard.

You can enter the program from varied backgrounds. Your program will be based upon the preparation you have, and you and your advisor will select courses that meet your individual needs. This may mean taking some master's level courses and nearly always results in a program in excess of 72 hours beyond the bachelor's degree.