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Advance your expertise and ability to serve others

Whether you’re looking to practice, educate or lead in the counseling field, our nationally accredited Counselor Education and Supervision program (CACREP) will ensure that you are able to explore your specific interests. Elevate your skills in areas such as play therapy, child and adolescent counseling or couples and family counseling. It all starts here. Begin your journey and apply today!

Where It Is Offered McKinney (CHEC)
Duration

4 to 7 years

Foreign Language

None

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

69-72 hours

Dissertation Requirements

Yes, Dissertation

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN COUNSELING 2

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN Counseling

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

What You Will Learn

A Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Learn advanced counseling theories and techniques
  • Develop your research and writing abilities
  • Apply your knowledge to the real world through hands-on experience
  • Receive the guidance you need from faculty
  • Gain insight into the doctoral professional identity in areas of counseling, supervision, teaching, scholarship, leadership and advocacy
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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: Careers

Careers

Our program prepares you to serve a critical role in the workforce. From clinical counseling to academic positions, you’re chance to make an impact is out there.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

School and Career Counselor
$57,040
Instructional Coordinator
$66,290
Postsecondary Teacher
$79,540

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery

Our part-time program blends academic and experiential components to round out your education. Online courses allow for flexibility in your schedule and the ability to work while pursuing your degree.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: Program Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Spring admission consideration: October 15
Summer admission consideration: March 1

This program does not have fall admission consideration.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Counselor Education and Supervision, PHD” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

You must hold one of the following GPA requirements to be considered for doctoral admission:

  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours or an awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 2.75 GPA or higher or
  • An awarded master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.4 GPA or higher in the field of counseling or closely related field.
Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals Form

Submit the Statement of Goals Form

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Counseling Essay

Submit a one-page essay which closely addresses the following:

  • Describe your personal philosophy of the principles which guide therapeutic change. Identify aspects of this philosophy that derive from counseling theorists and those which are your own.

Four Letters of Recommendation

Request four signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program.

  • Two of the references should hold a doctoral degree.

Those individuals should

Test Scores

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: Program Admission Requirements, International

Deadlines

Spring admission consideration: October 15
Summer admission consideration: March 1

This program does not have fall admission consideration.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Counselor Education and Supervision, PHD” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

You must hold one of the following GPA requirements to be considered for doctoral admission:

  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours or an awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 2.75 GPA or higher or
  • An awarded master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.4 GPA or higher in the field of counseling or closely related field.
Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals Form

Submit the Statement of Goals Form found in the Application Packet. An additional page can be added.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Counseling Essay

Submit a one-page essay which closely addresses the following topic:

  • Describe your personal philosophy of the principles which guide therapeutic change. Identify aspects of this philosophy that derive from counseling theorists and those which are your own.

Four Letters of Recommendation

Request three signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program.

  • At least one of the references should hold a doctoral degree.

Those individuals should

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

Test Scores

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling :: Staff

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Psychology PhD :: FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take any or all of my classes online?

Several research/statistics classes are taught online (generally through the Department of Psychology and Special Education) and some electives are offered online. Currently our core counseling courses are not offered online.

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What credentials can I get with the doctorate in counseling?

Every state has different laws governing professional counselor licensure. You should consult with the licensing board of the state in which you plan to practice for specific information.

Generally, those states that have licensing laws for professional counselors require a 48-60 semester hour degree (generally a master’s degree) and post-degree supervision hours to be eligible to practice counseling (licensed professional counseling or licensed marriage and family therapist). Many doctoral students have earned their masters degree and use the doctoral program to advance their skills in specific areas such as play therapy, child and adolescent counseling, couples and family counseling, and/or supervision. You can work with your advisor to tailor your electives to meet your license and practice needs.

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What kinds of graduate assistantships are available?

Graduate Assistant Teaching (GAT)

The Counseling Program has an undergraduate minor in counseling, and many of our doctoral students have the opportunity to teach at this level. These meetings provide an opportunity for support, supervision, and mentoring as the GATs develop the courses, interact with undergraduate students, and handle the responsibilities of teaching.

Graduate Assistant Non-teaching (GANT)

The department also has non-teaching graduate assistantships available for qualified students. Generally the GANT works with a faculty member in the supervision of master’s level students as they develop counseling skills. Depending on funding, university entities other than the Counseling Program (such as the university counseling center and academic advising) have graduate assistantships available.

Graduate Assistant Research (GAR)

Funded research projects allow for GAR’s to work with faculty members, which can lead to a manuscript submission or a presentation proposal.

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Will I be able to obtain coursework and experiences to apply toward Registration as a Play Therapist?

We have a play therapy course and can provide opportunities for clinical experiences that focus on working with children in the play therapy modality. Supervision in play therapy is a part of the training you can receive in our doctoral program. Our Community Counseling and Psychology Center offers counseling services to the community for all types of clients. In addition, the department has cooperative agreements with several area school districts and non-profits to provide play therapy for students and clients. Those hours can be applied toward your registration as a play therapist.

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What is the residency requirement in the doctoral program?

Doctoral student residency in the A&M Commerce Department of Counseling serves three purposes. First, it is designed to encourage collegial relationships between students and faculty. Second, it introduces students to typical professional expectations they will encounter as they progress through their careers. Finally, activities within the residency enhance student learning by supplementing the academic and experiential components of the program. (Students do not have to live in Commerce during their doctoral residency).

Residency Requirements

  • Attend a minimum of six doctoral seminars
  • Assist faculty members on two different projects leading to a program proposal or manuscript submission
  • Engage in a minimum of two departmental activities, such as assisting with Murphy Day, proctoring master’s comps, etc.
  • Actively engage in professional service, such as participating in Chi Sigma Iota or the Doctoral Student Association, or serving on a departmental or college committee.

There is no specified time limit for completing residency.

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Will there be opportunities to present at state or national conferences?

The faculty encourages our doctoral students to join them in professional presentations at local, regional, and national conferences. The faculty will also advise doctoral students, helping them to prepare proposals and presentations at local, regional, and national conferences.

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Is there a way to speak with other doctoral students in the department or university?

The university has a Doctoral Student Association that is actively working to support doctoral students. Current doctoral students in our department would be happy to speak with you concerning their program and education. You can call the department office at 903.886.5637 for contact information.

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Are there doctoral seminars or other departmental educational opportunities beyond the classroom?

The department hosts a series of doctoral seminars each semester. These are presented by faculty members and other qualified individuals (sometimes doctoral students). Examples of past topics include: ethics in supervision, play therapy, preparing your proposal/article for submission, conversations with the ACA President-Elect, preparing for doctoral comps, involvement in professional associations, and multicultural issues in the classroom.

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Do students and faculty collaborate on professional activities?

The faculty of the Counseling Program has a long tradition of leadership in state, regional, and national professional associations. Faculty members are also involved in ongoing research, publication, and presentation activities. Our doctoral students benefit from involvement and collaboration with faculty members in these endeavors.

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What opportunities are available to work toward publications?

Faculty members in the department welcome students to join them in publication efforts. Mentoring relationships are developed between faculty and doctoral students as the students prepare their own manuscripts for submission and publication as well.

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  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011

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