Liberty University

1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515

Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (Ph.D.) degree with a concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision is designed for individuals interested in advanced research methods and program evaluation. Liberty University asks students to complete 63 total credit hours in order to obtain this degree. In addition, students will need to complete a six credit hour internship, as well as a six credit hour dissertation. 

While 63 credit hours are required for this program, students may be able to transfer up to 15 credit hours into the program. A few of the core courses include Qualitative Research, Personality Testing, and Applied Counseling Theories. The concentration courses involve Counseling Supervision, Teaching & Learning, and Advanced Career Counseling. The dissertation courses, which encompass 12 credit hours, involve a Quantitative Research Seminar, two Dissertation Proposal & Research courses, and the Dissertation Defense.

The skills students should gain in this program are advanced teaching, counseling, and supervision abilities. This degree is intended to show students how to lead and advocate for the counseling profession, including evaluating current theories and practices. Within this program, individuals will also learn how to conduct research in a manner that is valid, reliable, and ethical. This degree will also allow students to think critically and write effectively within their career, as well as understand and practice social and professional ethics.

Some potential careers available with this degree are a licensed counselors, professor, organization counselor, and church counselors. Areas where graduates have entered upon obtaining this degree include hospitals, higher education, government agencies, rehabilitation centers, and nonprofit organizations.

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    A Regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree that reveals evidence of fulfilling CACREP entry level standards (our current pre-requisite courses) with a minimum of 3.25 GPA.

    Additionally, students must have completed the MAT with a total score of at least 400 OR a GRE score of at least 300 and a 4.0 or better on the analytic writing section.

    Counseling licensure or a minimum of at least one year of clinical experience with the intention of obtaining counseling licensure prior to graduation.

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.

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