School of Psychology & Counseling

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Gus Tan
CES Program
CACREP Quality Matters Program

Admissions Requirements -
Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision (Ph.D.)

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: December 15

Note: 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.

Interview Dates for Fall 2016 Admission:

  • Friday, February 5
  • Saturday, February 6


Ph.D. applicants must:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Have at least one year of experience in a mental health field (highly desirable).

Admissions Process:

Step 1: Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application. The deadline for application files to be completed is December 15.

Note: You may begin this application and leave at any time. Your information will be saved and you can login again using the Login ID and PIN you create.

Step 2: Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the non-refundable $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. RSVP Today!

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

Step 4: Resume or CV

Submit a résumé or curriculum vita. Please email to your admissions counselor at using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.

Step 5: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts

Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution on your behalf. However, we are able to examine your unofficial transcript(s) in order to provide you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript(s) to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.

Step 6: 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: 154 Verbal and 146 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, Princeton, NJ 08541, 609-771-7670 / 866-473-4373,

Step 7: 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. Click here for detailed instructions.

Step 8: 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.

These recommendations may not be completed by family members.

Step 9: Competency Documents

Only required of those applicants who are invited to interview for admission to the program. Submit the CACREP Competency Form provided by your admissions counselor to demonstrate that the needed master's level competencies have been met. You should be prepared to submit course descriptions and syllabi for your master's level courses that you indicate meet the specific competencies found on this form. You can read more about this CACREP requirement on our FAQ page.

Step 10: 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.

The interview process occurs only on designated dates in the spring. Selected applicants will be assigned one of the interview dates. Additional details will be provided to those invited for 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 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.


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