The doctoral program prepares students for careers in academia and advanced clinical and administrative positions. Our program aligns with the University of Florida’s mission to prepare the next generation of scholars and professional leaders. The doctoral program is ideally suited for individuals with a previously earned master’s degree in counseling or a related field and clinical experience. Doctoral students complete coursework, a doctoral clinical practicum, a counselor education internship including writing, teaching, and supervision, and conduct research leading to the completion of a dissertation. Students average 3 years to complete the doctorate, many of whom balance work and school commitments.

Year 1&2

During the first two years of the program students enroll in a sequence of doctoral level seminars in counselor education and at least 12 credits of research methodology courses. Students also (a) engage in a semester-long advanced counseling practicum, (b) participate in a year-long counselor education internship focused on teaching, supervision, research, and leadership and advocacy, and (c) complete their written and oral doctoral qualifying examinations. Students are also expected throughout the program to (a) hone their research and scholarly writing skills by submitting manuscripts for publication in refereed journals, (b) present at least two presentations at state or national/international conferences, and (c) provide clinical supervision to master’s level students.

Year 3

The third year of the program is devoted to students preparing their dissertation research proposal, formally presenting the proposal to their committee for approval, implementing their dissertation research study, and defending their dissertation and graduating with their Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education.

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    Program Requirement

    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a degree deemed equivalent by the University of Florida Office of Admissions.
    • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 upper-division (last 60 credits) undergraduate work.
    • An acceptable grade point average for previous graduate work.
    • No GRE requirement.

    Program Highlight

    Entry: tbd
    Typical Course Load: 9 credits per semester
    Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
    Application Deadline: See dates published by the college
    Average Class Size: tbd
    Program Completion: 3 years