How to Apply to Doctoral Programs

Applying to a Doctoral Program or Track in the Department of Counseling

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

          - Counselor Education track
          - Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy track

Prior to Applying

  • You may only apply to one UA Department of Counseling doctoral program or track at a time.
  • You must have earned a master's degree in Counseling or a related field.
  • You must have had a 3.25 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all previously completed graduate coursework.
  • Visit the Graduate School website for more detailed information about University of Akron application requirements. International applicants are encouraged to visit the Office of International Programs website for international application procedures.

Application Materials

  1. Graduate School application
  2. Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts (may not be emailed; send official copies to the address below)
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores - sent by the student or Educational Testing Services to the address below
  4. Official TOEFL Scores - INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICANTS only; send scores, from the student or testing organization to the address below
  5. A Department of Counseling application supplement form
  6. Three Personal Reference Forms using Department of Counseling reference forms
  7. A professional resume

Items #1-4 may be mailed to: 

Graduate School
The University of Akron
The Graduate School
469 Polsky Building
Akron, OH 44325-2101 (USA)

Items #5-7 must be sent to the Department of Counseling (address below).  Email the program coordinator for questions of details. 

Department of Counseling
The C. P. and Cornelia Chima Family Center
27 S. Forge Street
Akron, OH  44325-5007

Deadlines

  • All supplemental application materials are due IN THE DEPARTMENT OF COUNSELING OFFICE NO LATER THAN January 15. Doctoral students are only admitted one time per year, beginning each Fall semester.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to send all application materials as soon as possible but at least one month prior to the application deadline.

Felony and Other Criminal History Policy

Applicants are required to disclose any current or past criminal charges or convictions, or pending charges that might result in a conviction, when applying for admission to a Department of Counseling Program. Failure to report a criminal history may result in denial and/or dismissal from the Department of Counseling and the program. It is the prerogative of the Department of Counseling faculty and administration to request additional information about the criminal history, and based on the information provided, to deny admission (and/or for Department of Counseling students, to be dismissed), as students in all Department programs are preparing to work with a vulnerable population and must apply for background checks prior to internship and licensure.

    Graduate Assistantships

    The Department of Counseling offers graduate assistantships to the majority of students admitted into a doctoral program. Assistantships are awarded based on need and availability. Doctoral students are encouraged to complete a graduate assistantship application if interested in this possibility.

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