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To be considered for admission to the doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision (optional specialization in rehabilitation and disability), applicants must submit all university and program materials, and pay the application fee. Persons are admitted to the program once a year with enrollment starting fall semester.

Admissions Deadline

Applicants for admission are considered for fall semester only. Applications for the following academic year are accepted through December 1st. In order to be admitted, candidates must be reviewed by the program faculty committee.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants are evaluated by program faculty based on:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.0 out of the 4.0 system (B) or better.
  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution in relevant fields (e.g., counseling, human services) with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.
  • Relevant work history (both paid and volunteers).
  • 2-3 pages (single space) written statement on academic goals and career objectives that describe one’s professional goals relating to the training mission of the doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and/or clinical supervisors to demonstrate one’s academic aptitudes, clinical ability, and/or professional work ethics.
  • Professional writing samples that demonstrate scholarly and/or graduate level writing skills.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (Verbal, Quantitative, and Written) if the applicant’s grade point average is below 3.0.

During the doctoral program admissions process, applicant curricular experiences are evaluated to verify completion of coursework including: (a) CACREP entry-level core curricular standards; (b) CACREP entry-level professional practice standards; and (c) CACREP entry-level curricular requirements of a specialty area so that any missing content can be completed before or concurrently with initial doctoral-level counselor education coursework.

Consideration is given to the applicant’s previous academic and professional experience. There should be in each applicant’s background a pattern of experience that supports his or her expressed desire to pursue advanced graduate studies in rehabilitation counseling. Appropriate evidence of such experience should be reflected in the applicant’s letters of recommendation.

Have questions?

Check out the FAQ’s listed on each CEPSE graduate program’s website. Also, the Program Admission Representative for each graduate program can answer questions related to the submission of your materials. Note that all admissions decisions are made by the CEPSE faculty.