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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education is a CACREP-accredited program designed to prepare graduates for academic positions and other careers in Counselor Education or Rehabilitation Counseling. Building on the entry level competencies of the master's degree in counseling or rehabilitation counseling. The doctoral program consists of approximately 96 graduate course credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, with an additional 9-15 dissertation credits. Students must complete a minimum of 48 credits of course work (excluding dissertation) at Syracuse University. The doctoral program of study incorporates didactic and experiential learning and includes a cognate area of study involving at least nine semester credits, which are usually completed outside of the department.

In addition to meeting national accreditation standards, our program claims special expertise in five distinct areas. Students can expect unique opportunities, including conducting research, in any or all of the following:

  • Clinical Supervision
    Developing the knowledge and skills necessary to train and supervise counselors and counselors-in-training, and to teach supervision to others.
  • College Mental Health Counseling
    Developing the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to work within a college counseling context with students who present with a wide range of developmental and mental health concerns.
  • Counseling People with Disabilities
    Developing the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of living.
  • The Future Professoriate
    Developing the knowledge and skills necessary to assume academic, administrative, and professional leadership roles related to the professoriate.
  • Social Justice and Urban Youth
    Developing the knowledge, skills, and awareness necessary to identify and confront the institutionalized forms of discrimination which continue to perpetuate disparities in social, academic, and career opportunities for urban youth.

The strengths of our doctoral program are numerous. Current and past doctoral students have offered the following comments on the quality of S.U.'s program:

  • Faculty who are nationally recognized yet student-focused
  • Multiple opportunities for clinical supervision
  • Opportunities and support for developing teaching skills through the Future Professoriate program
  • Solid financial support through graduate assistantships and excellent medical benefits
  • Flexible policies allowing doctoral students to use GA support for summer courses
  • Financial support to attend and present at national conferences
  • Opportunities to develop research skills as part of on-going research teams
  • Program features
  • Program objectives

For more detailed information about our doctoral program and our department policies, please visit our Doctoral Handbook.

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