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College of Continuing & Professional Studies

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree complements other graduate degree programs at Mercer University and is consistent with the mission and goals of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. The mission of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies is to offer undergraduate and graduate academic programs and lifelong learning opportunities for adults who seek leadership roles in their communities and beyond, professional transition and advancement, and lives that have meaning and purpose. The College also contributes to the quality of education provided to students enrolled in other academic units by offering general education and elective courses at the Regional Academic Centers and on the Macon and Atlanta campuses.

This mission is based upon a fundamental belief in the diversity, dignity, and inherent worth of all human beings and in the central role education plays in a democratic society. The Counseling faculty actively supports the College of Continuing and Professional Studies’ commitment to quality instruction and community service.

Goals of the Ph.D. Program in
Counselor Education and Supervision

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares professionals as practitioners, consultants, counselor educators, supervisors, and researchers. More specifically, the doctoral curriculum in Counselor Education and Supervision will prepare graduates to:

  1. Develop advanced expertise in the application of theories and conceptual models to counselor education, supervision, practice, and research;
  2. Conduct research that advances the field of counseling;
  3. Evaluate the influences of ethical, social, political, demographic, and economic issues on mental health care and counseling;
  4. and assume leadership roles in education, supervision, training, practice, and research to improve mental health care and counseling.

Doctoral training extends beyond course content hours and field experiences. Doctoral students learn to examine critically the state of the art, to generate research inquiries, and to advance the profession of counseling through oral and written contributions. The doctoral level counselor represents a "scientist practitioner" model and should be both consumer and producer of research. Doctoral degree requirements in counseling are rigorous. The selection process for admission to the program considers this factor. Students admitted to the program have convinced the selection committee of potential for successful program completion


Admission to the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies will be competitive. Applications will be accepted annually with a deadline of January 31st for application for Fall entry. The number of openings in each class admitted will be determined by the number of faculty able to mentor and supervise each student. The admission requirements are as follows:

A Master’s degree in counseling or a counseling discipline from a regionally accredited college or university with preference given to graduates of CACREP accredited programs;

  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5;
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate work attempted;
  • An official GRE score report (target score of 1100 or higher on the combined quantitative and verbal and 4.0 on the analytic section) or an official MAT score report (target score of 407 or higher) Test scores must be less than six years old at the time of application;
  • Submission of a curriculum vitae and copies of any licenses or certifications held;
  • A writing sample on a topic of professional interest for counselors;
  • Three current letters of recommendation;
  • $35 non-refundable application fee;
  • A personal interview with the Counseling Program Doctoral Admissions Committee.

All admission requirements must be met with required documents on file by the application deadline before an interview will be granted. Students transferring from other universities may be considered for admission to the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program. In accordance with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, no more than twenty five percent of the coursework may be transfer credit.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service approved by Mercer University. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for undergraduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your self-managed application packet.

B. Official Translations: Documents submitted in a language other than English, must be accompanied by official translations.

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission. Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.

D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.

E. Visa Status: International Applicants who are currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)

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