Frequently Asked Questions

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What materials do I need to apply for the Counselor Education doctoral track?

Before applying, Counselor Education doctoral-level applicants are required to have earned a master's degree in Counseling or a related field, with at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all previously completed graduate coursework.

Each applicant must also submit the following information as part of their application packet:

  1. A completed Graduate School application form, official graduate/undergraduate transcripts
  2. A School of Counseling doctoral degree application supplement form
  3. Three letters of reference
  4. A professional vitae/resume
  5. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

These application materials can be found on the How to Apply web page. International student applicants must also submit official TOEFL scores as part of their application materials.

All written/printed application materials should be sent to The University of Akron Graduate School at the following mailing address:

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


Where can I find the application forms and the mailing addresses to send them?

All application forms and procedures can be found on the How to Apply web page.

When are application materials due?

Students are accepted into any Counseling doctoral program once each year (beginning Fall semesters). All application materials are due IN THE SCHOOL OF COUNSELING OFFICE NO LATER THAN January 15. Doctoral students are only admitted one time per year, beginning each Fall semester.

Note: Since the Graduate School must first enter information into their files and then forward that information to the School of Counseling, any materials sent to the Graduate School will take longer to reach the Counselor Education Admissions Committee. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to send any required Graduate School application materials at least two weeks prior to the application deadline (i.e., January 1).


What can I expect during the application process?

The Admissions Committee will review each applicant’s admission materials once they are received. Then, a representative from the School of Counseling will contact each applicant to schedule a face-to-face interview. The University of Akron’s Counselor Education doctoral track is one of only a few programs that interviews all applicants meeting the minimum application requirements. The Admissions Committee strongly believes that it is important to speak to and learn about each applicant in person (beyond what is written on paper). This also provides applicants with the opportunity to ask questions of their own and to make sure that the School of Counseling will meet their personal goals. On rare occasions (when it is not possible for an applicant to attend the face-to-face interview in person, such as with international applicants), phone interviews may be granted. The remainder of the application process is explained during the face-to-face (or phone) interview.

How many students are accepted into the Counselor Education track, and what types of students usually enter the program?

New students are accepted into the Counselor Education doctoral track once a year, each Fall semester. Approximately 5-6 students are accepted annually. The Admissions Committee attempts to maintain a small cohort of trainees in order to provide individualized attention and a positive learning experience for each student. Students in the Counselor Education doctoral track range in age from early to older adulthood, and non-traditional students are sought among applicants. Students are from a variety of cultural backgrounds (i.e., Caucasian, African-American, Asian-American) and the program is well-known for accepting international students from a variety of countries (e.g., South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Nigeria, and European countries). The program encourages applications from diverse student populations and actively attempts to mentor students from underrepresented groups and cultures.

How are admission decisions made?

The primary goal of the Admissions Committee is to choose students who have the potential to advance the counseling profession through teaching, research, and advanced practice. Therefore, admission decisions are made by considering (a) the applicant’s GPA, (b) the applicant’s GRE scores, (c) recommendation letters from previous employers and professors, (d) the applicant’s statement of intent and professional goals (listed on the application supplement form), and (e) professional presentation during the interview process. Each of the five areas above are given equal consideration during the application process.

How long does the Counselor Education track take to complete, and can I attend part-time?

The Counselor Education track consists of 120 credits of required coursework. The average student attends the program for 4 years in order to complete the required coursework and clinical experiences. Students may attend the program full-time or part-time and may take any number of credits desired each semester. Attending the program part-time will likely extend the time it takes for a student to graduate, as some students attend the program part-time and do not graduate with their doctoral degree for 5-6 years. The Graduate School allows each student a maximum of 10 years to complete the doctoral degree.

What is the primary focus/goal of the Counselor Education track?

The purpose of the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program—Counselor Education Track is to facilitate the professional leadership roles of counselor education, supervision, counseling practice, and research competencies of students to advance the counseling profession.  Aligned with the current standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), doctoral students are expected to develop the identity of a professional counselor, clinical supervisor, counselor educator, and researcher.  This identity is intended to promote competence and professionalism as students begin careers in public and private sectors of mental health care and/or academia.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a clear and strong professional counselor identity, evidenced by professional leadership roles of counselor education, supervision, counseling practice, and research competencies expected of doctoral graduates.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and practices beyond the entry-level program requirements in all of the following:
    1. Supervision
    2. Teaching
    3. Research and scholarship
    4. Counseling
    5. Leadership and advocacy
  3. Promote diversity through culturally relevant counseling, supervision, teaching, research, and professional service.

What is the typical sequence of coursework that students take during the program?

Students must first complete master’s degree prerequisite coursework before registering for doctoral-level coursework. Many of these prerequisite courses may be transferred in from a previous master’s or doctoral degree program. Students graduating from CACREP-accredited master’s degree programs will likely meet most or all of the program’s master’s degree prerequisite coursework upon entry into the Counselor Education doctoral program. Then, students register for coursework related to advanced theories of counseling and statistics. Next, students complete two semesters of Advanced Practicum while also registering for courses related to teaching and clinical specialty areas chosen by the student. Following this, students complete courses in clinical supervision, ethics, and research design. Finally, students register for two semesters of Internship while simultaneously completing a research dissertation. In general, the Counselor Education doctoral program balances coursework in clinical skills and teaching/supervision/research throughout the student’s course of study. The Counselor Education Planned Program Form aids students in deciding which courses to register for each semester.

How long can I take to complete my doctoral degree in Counselor Education?

The Graduate School allows doctoral degree students up to 10 years to complete their degree.

Can I transfer credits from other programs/universities into the Counselor Education doctoral degree program?

The Counselor Education track consists of a 100 credit hour curriculum. Up to 30 credits may be transferred into the curriculum from a previous master’s or doctoral degree program if the graduate-level courses substitute for required coursework needed to complete the degree, if the student received a grade of "B" or better in the courses, and if the transfer of credits are approved by the student’s Faculty Adviser. Other conditions may apply.

Do doctoral degree students typically work throughout the program, and are graduate assistantships available?

Due to the length of the doctoral degree program and the fact that graduate assistantships are for work related to teaching and/or research (two of the primary focus areas of the doctoral program), the School of Counseling typically reserves graduate assistantships for doctoral students. Over the past decade over ½ of School of Counseling doctoral students were awarded graduate assistantships, a much larger percentage than most doctoral programs. Full-time graduate assistantships require 20 hours/week of teaching and/or research work and carry a full year-round tuition waiver and an annual stipend. Part-time assistantships may also be awarded on occasion (e.g., 10 hours/week with part-time stipend and tuition waiver). Some Counselor Education doctoral students are awarded graduate assistantships from departments/programs outside the School of Counseling. Students are encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships throughout The University of Akron. Doctoral students are encouraged to complete a graduate assistantship application if interested in this possibility. Most doctoral students who do not desire or are not awarded graduate assistantships work in the counseling profession part-time. A small minority of students elect to apply for student grants and/or financial aid. Information about scholarships and grants for domestic applicants (U.S. citizens) can be found through the Financial Aid Office. International applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs.

What are the strengths of the Counselor Education track at The University of Akron, and how does it compare to similar programs?

First, the School of Counseling at The University of Akron is one of only two departments in the U.S. that houses accredited doctoral programs in Counselor Education (CACREP-accredited), Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (AAMFT-accredited), and Counseling Psychology (APA-accredited). Therefore, although Counselor Education students are always professionally mentored and academically advised by a Counselor Education faculty member, students may receive instruction from a variety of different faculty members with diverse professional experiences and philosophies. Second, the School of Counseling houses the renowned Clinic for Individual and Family Counseling, which is a training facility that functions as a community agency that provides Counselor Education students with a ‘real world’ Advanced Practicum training experience in order to cultivate advanced clinical skills. The two semesters of required doctoral-level Advanced Practicum Clinical Supervision training are beyond most other doctoral degree programs, allowing students to learn a much deeper and broader array of skills before entering their doctoral internship. Next, Counselor Education doctoral students often become student leaders of Chi Sigma Iota - Alpha Upsilon Chapter. The Alpha Upsilon Chapter is one of the largest and most awarded in the nation, having over 100 active student members and receiving many international awards of excellence. Finally, School of Counseling students are routinely honored with being among the top five in pass rates for all departments in Ohio on the Ohio Professional Licensure Examination.

When are Counselor Education courses typically offered?

Doctoral-level courses are offered during the late mornings and afternoons on Mondays through Thursdays, although evening coursework is also offered.

How/when can I gain more information about the Counselor Education program, and will I be assigned an Adviser if I am accepted into the program?

Each new student accepted in the Counselor Education program is assigned a Faculty Adviser before their first semester begins. This provides each student with a contact person for questions/concerns. During their first semester students meet with their Faculty Adviser to discuss their career goals and the program’s curriculum. They also receive their Counselor Education Student Handbook and their Counselor Education Planned Program Form. Students also register for a doctoral professional seminar course as soon as possible in order to learn more about the Counselor Education program, the School of Counseling, and the counseling profession.