Admissions Requirements -
Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision (Ph.D.)
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We are honored that you are interested in applying to the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision (Ph.D. CES). Note that all application materials, including in-progress transcripts, test scores, etc. must be submitted to the Admissions Office by December 15th to be considered for the program. The Ph.D. program only enrolls new students in the fall semesters. The following are the admissions prerequisites and requirements:
1. Hold a licensure-track, 48-hour master's degree in counseling or a significantly related field such as psychology or social work from a regionally accredited institution. Those with less than 48 hours or non-CACREP accredited degrees may have to take additional coursework as a prerequisite to admission or concurrently with their first year in the program. Click here for more information about this prerequisite.
2. Have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in your graduate level coursework. Average master's level GPA of admitted students: 3.77 (average for last 3 years).
3. Have at least one year of experience in a mental health field (highly desirable).
Step 1: Online application and fee
Submit a completed Ph.D. CES admissions application with a $50 nonrefundable application fee. This should be the first item received by the Office of Admissions. The deadline for application files to be completed is December 15.
Step 2: Personal Goal Statement
Submit a Personal Goals Statement, demonstrating an interest in Counselor Education, teaching, research, professional service, clinical practice and/or counseling supervision. Please email to your admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Resume or CV
Submit a resumé or curriculum vita. Please email to your admissions counselor at email@example.com.
Step 4: Official Transcripts
Submit official copies of transcripts from each college or university attended, submitted in a sealed envelope with an authorized signature across the flap of the envelope. Applicants who have earned credit at non-US schools must have those transcripts evaluated. More information regarding required evaluations can be found here. Transcripts and transcript evaluations can be mailed to:
Central Enrollment Management, LIB 102
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Step 5: GRE Scores
Submit official GRE scores. The GRE requirement cannot be waived. The School of Psychology & Counseling requires the General test, not the Psychology Subject test. The writing portion of the general test is used for placement purposes. A score of 3.5 or above will exempt admitted students from having to complete the University writing course. Average GRE of admitted students: 1080 (old score scale), or a 154 Verbal and 145 Quantitative (revised score scale). These are averages based on the scores of enrolled students over the last 3 years.
For more information about the GRE you can contact:
GRE: Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, NJ 08541, 609-771-7670 / 866-473-4373, www.ets.org/gre/
Step 6: Writing Sample
Submit an APA formatted scholarly writing sample (maximum of 10 pages). Please email to your admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 7: Recommendation Letters
Submit three recommendations: Use the electronic Recommendation Form.
One recommendation must be from a former professor or instructor capable of evaluating your academic preparation for the type of degree you seek to complete with us. If it has been more than five years since your last schooling, a supervisor/clinical recommendation may be submitted in lieu of the faculty recommendation.
One recommendation from a person who has been in a position to evaluate your clinical skills such as a former or current counseling professor, or a practicing counselor or psychologist who has observed your clinical work is highly suggested.
One recommendation must be a clergy recommendation. This may come from a minister, priest or someone else who has the ability to evaluate your spiritual maturity and suitability for graduate study that will include a Christian integration.
Please use the Recommendation Request Form to provide us with contact information for each of your recommendations. We will use this information to contact each recommender and provide them with the appropriate recommendation form.
Step 8: Clinical Skills Video
Only required of those applicants who are invited to interview for admission to the program. Submit a 10 to 15 minute video of a counseling session that is representative of applicant's counseling skills. Applicants will receive submission instructions when the invitation to interview is issued. All videos must be mock sessions. Do not submit recordings of actual client sessions.
Step 9: Interview
Interviews for the Ph.D. program are by invitation only, after review of the completed application. Applicant information will be reviewed and those applicants moving to the next level of evaluation will be invited to participate in the interview process, which includes both a group interview and a personal interview with School of Psychology & Counseling faculty. Participation in this interview process is expected; interviewed applicants will bear the expenses associated with travel to the Regent University campus in Virginia Beach, VA. It is expected that the candidate will be willing to discuss personal history within the interview process.
Our preference is to have an in-person interview. In rare instances where circumstances do not permit, an alternative method such as Skype will be considered.
Interviews for 2013 will be held on Friday February 15th or Saturday February 16th. Selected applicants will be assigned one of the interview dates. Additional details will be provided to those invited to an interview.
Applicants invited to the interview should keep in mind that an interview does not assure admission. The School of Psychology & Counseling reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion whether a candidate is suitable for admission to the Ph.D. program.
International student applicants should allow at least 4-6 weeks for an admission decision to be made once the applicant has submitted all required documents to the appropriate offices and has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.
All forms related to application to the Ph.D. CES program may be requested through the School of Psychology & Counseling Admissions Office. Please feel free to contact an Admissions Counselor at 757.352.4498 or email email@example.com, should you have any further questions about the application process.