Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD) Application Process & Admissions Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD) Application Process & Admissions Requirements

These are steps for anyone interested in applying to the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD) prgoram at Denver Seminary. 

1. Biographical Questionnaire

The biographical questionnaire only needs to be completed once and contains all the information for us to start an application for you. Once you hit submit, the admissions team will start compiling your application documents and an admissions counselor will stay in touch about your admissions process. 

2. Writing Portion 

This is an opportunity for us to get to know you! You’ll respond to a few prompts about your story, your program and vocational goals, your theoretical orientation, and more. Your essays will also display your writing ability so make sure your submission is concisely written and edited for grammatical errors.

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must have received a Masters in Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, or School Counseling from a CACREP or CORE accredited program, or its equivalent. Students who do not have the required previous education may be admitted as a non-degree seeking student in order to bring themselves to an equivalency status.
  • International students may be accepted into the program and must secure the appropriate student visa to study in country for the residential portions of the program.
  • The cohort-based program begins each fall semester concurrently with the start of the master’s level semester. Summer is considered a formal term of instruction alongside fall and spring.
  • Prior criminal convictions require a background check, with felony convictions posing a critical red flag to admittance.
    --Additional question for Step 1 (PhD only): Have you ever had a grievance filed against you?
  • One year clinical experience required, which may have been completed before or during the master’s program. Preference given to clinically licensed applicants.
  • All applicants must complete the degree-seeking application process and participate in an admissions interview.
  • Applicants must have a master’s GPA of 3.5. Applicants with a 3.2-3.49 GPA may be considered with the additional submission of the GRE and GPA statement.
    --Students may raise their GPA via NDS work prior to applying or as a stipulation of acceptance. GRE scores typically expire after five years. 

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