Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies – Clinical

Delivery Format: Online

Total Credit Hours Required: 51

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies with a Clinical concentration, offered online, prepares you for a career in mental health counseling, research, scholarship and psychological science. This doctorate degree is for the student who doesn't need professional accreditation and the scholar seeking to impact culture in ministry contexts outside of the formal Ph.D. counseling arena. You'll explore subjects including addictive behaviors, disaster trauma, indigenous mental health care and psychometrics. And our award-winning faculty will be available to help you throughout your journey, either online or on campus in Virginia Beach.

  • Develop an advanced level of qualitative data collection, analysis and oral and written data presentation.
  • Break new ground in the field of psychology through the planning and presentation of your dissertation.
  • Gain a solid foundation in research methodology, grant writing and policy analysis.

Career Opportunities

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

Application Deadlines:

Spring: December 1 | Summer: March 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. 

Concentration Placement Process:

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.

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: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire

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: Graduate Academic Paper
Please submit an academic writing sample from your completed Master's Degree which will be relevant to the field of Mental Health.  Your submission needs to be at least five pages in length (preferably research based) and with at least five scholarly references.  Email to using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.

Step 7: 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.

Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies $650 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

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