Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies – Clinical

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies with a Clinical concentration is an online degree that prepares Christian scholars and leaders in mental health counseling, research, scholarship and psychological science. This culminating degree is for the international or domestic student who does not need professional accreditation and the scholar seeking to impact culture in ministry contexts outside of the formal professional organizations of psychology or counseling in any region. You will gain a solid foundation in research methodology, grant writing and policy analysis. You will also explore subjects including addictive behaviors, disaster trauma, indigenous mental health care and psychometrics. Your concentration will be determined at admission based on your master's coursework. Applicants entering the program with a clinical master's degree will take the research concentration. Applicants entering the program with research competencies in their master’s degree will take the clinical concentration.

  • Develop an advanced level of qualitative data collection, analysis and oral and written data presentation.
  • Pursue your greatest passion and break new ground in the field of psychology through the planning and presentation of your dissertation.
  • Develop your professional identity and consider how to apply it as you examine the interface between Christian theology and psychology and historical and current issues affecting faith and profession.

Career Opportunities:

  • Global University Faculty/Leadership
  • International Director of Mental Health Services Agency/Nonprofit
  • Director of Guidance
  • Researcher/Writer

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Delivery Format: Online

Total Credit Hours Required: 51

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines:

Spring: December 1 | Fall: July 1

All application materials, including in progress transcripts, test scores, etc. must be submitted to the Admissions Office by the deadline to be considered for the program.



Ph.D. applicants must:

  • Hold a regionally accredited 30 hour master's degree in a mental health field, such as counseling, psychology, social work or pastoral ministry. Completed coursework should include, but is not limited, to the following: research or statistics, counseling skills, ethics and group counseling, or family systems. 
  • Have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in your graduate level coursework. 
  • Have at least one year of experience in a mental health field (highly desirable).
  • International Applicants who have studied at institutions outside of the United States, will need to submit a course by course evaluation showing the completion of a regionally accredited graduate degree. 

 Admissions Process:

 Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Option 1: Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Psychology & Counseling on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee. Please note that application fees paid prior to attending an online or on-campus information session cannot be refunded.

Step 3: Personal Goals 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 using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.

Step 4: Résumé or CV
Submit a résumé or curriculum vitae. Please email to your admissions counselor at using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.

Step 5: Unofficial Transcripts
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts from U.S.-based schools, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institutions, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs. We will notify you if your previous institutions will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 6: Writing Sample
The admissions committee will evaluate a standardized writing sample for all applicants. Once your online application is complete you can submit the required writing sample through the ETS Criterion Service. This will be an online, timed essay prompt with a pre-determined topic. Applicants will receive immediate feedback on the essay from the ETS Criterion Service and the scores will be sent directly to the SPC Admissions Office. Read detailed instructions.

Step 7: Recommendation Letters
Use the forms below to submit three recommendations. These recommendations may not be completed by family members. Recommendations received from family members will be rejected and the applicant will be required to submit a new recommendation request for a non-family member.

1.       Clergy Recommendation – This recommendation should be completed by someone who has the ability to evaluate your spiritual maturity and understands your spiritual goals and objectives, such as a pastor, priest, rabbi or other religious/moral leader.

2.       Faculty Recommendation – This recommendation should be completed by a former professor or instructor capable of evaluating your academic preparation for the type of degree you seek to complete. 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.

3.       Employer/Professional Associate Recommendation – This recommendation should be completed by 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.

Please inform the person writing your recommendation that the page will time out after 30 minutes. Recommend that they compose a response in a Word document and then cut and paste it into the online form. Recommendation forms cannot be filled out on mobile devices such as iPad or Android devices.

Step 8: Online Interview
Interviews for this Ph.D. program are completed for each applicant after all above mentioned items have been submitted. Participation in this online Skype or phone interview is mandatory as a portion of the application review process. It is expected that the candidate will be willing to discuss personal history within the interview process.

Both local and international student applicants should allow at least 2-3 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. in Counseling & Psychological Studies program may be requested through the School of Psychology & Counseling Admissions Office. Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.


Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - $650 per semester hour

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