Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
69 Credit Hours
The CACREP accredited Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education provides the highest professional degree available to students who aspire to leadership positions in counselor education and school counseling. Although the degree includes a prescribed curriculum of required and elective courses, students in this doctoral program are also expected to complete a major research study resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation.
- We bring about 90% of the PhD coursework to The Woodlands Center.
- The Center for Counselor Education on the campus of SHSU houses the Jack Staggs Clinic, a state-of-the-art clinical training facility where students develop advanced skills in counseling, counselor supervision, and teaching under the skillful mentoring of doctoral faculty.
- Students have the benefit of interfacing with faculty with national and international reputations in their particular fields. Faculty members are active in professional organizations, publish in national and international journals, present sessions at national and international conferences, and provide leadership in the field. Faculty regularly include and/or mentor doctoral students in activities such as scholarly publication, professional presentation, involvement in professional counseling organizations, and other aspects of the profession of counseling and counselor education.
- The cost of the program is approximately $1,000 per three-hour course (not including textbooks). Students typically take two courses in the fall and spring semesters and three in the summer.
- Many of our graduate students receive financial aid from the federal government. The Financial Aid Office at SHSU (936/294-1774) is very helpful in directing students through the process of receiving financial aid.
Application deadline - February 1.
Face-to-Face (Evenings and Weekends)
Tuition and Cost
Additional Program Information
- Graduate Studies Application
- Application Fee
- Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
- Official transcript showing receipt of a master’s degree from an accredited institution
- The master’s degree and additional coursework should be substantially equivalent to a core of 48 hours of Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) required curriculum areas
- Graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Program Application with fee (paid online)
- Personal statement (1000 word maximum)
- Five Reference Evaluation Forms, three from officials in schools or mental health agencies where the applicant has been employed and two from current or former graduate-level professors. These must be “closed” recommendations.
- Official GRE scores
- On-site interview and on-site writing prompt