Frequently Asked Questions

Do prospective students choose which faculty members they would like to work with during the application process or do they get assigned to a faculty member after they are admitted to the program?

Prospective students can write in their statement with their application the faculty that they think their research interest fits with, if they chose to do so, but this is not required. Students are assigned a temporary advisor when they enter the program that is based on our matching of best fit. This person serves as the student’s temporary advisor until the student selects their permanent chair/advisor, which may be this person or someone else.

On average, how many years of experience do most incoming doctoral students have?

The length of counseling experience that our students have coming into the program varies greatly. Some have recently graduated from their master’s program and have limited experience besides what they have obtained during their master’s program, while others have years of experience and are licensed. We recommend experience post-master’s degree, but this is not required.

How many students are accepted each academic year?

We average about 6-7 students each year.

Is funding offered?

We have some funding for research assistantships, as well as teaching assistantships, but this varies each year.

Is the GRE required?

Yes, the College of Education requires all doctoral applicants to take the GRE.

What is the average GRE score?

Around 300.

Is there a preference of who writes the letters of recommendation?

We recommend that at least 1-2 letters, if not all, of your letters are from faculty. Sometimes prospective students have a supervisor from their employment site or from their internship site write them a letter of recommendation.

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