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How long will it take?

minimum of 92 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: November 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Counselor Education and Practice, Ph.D.

Our counselor education and practice degree is for you if you are interested in educating, training and supervising future clinical mental health, rehabilitation or school counselors. This program is also for those interested in research, social justice and advocacy in the counseling profession. Move forward towards obtaining a doctorate degree to better enhance your career choices.

Our Ph.D. degree is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This program allows future students to generate their own research, critically enhance their counseling competencies and learn new skills in teaching and supervision. Upon completion, students teach and supervise in university settings, work in community agencies as clinicians and administrators and become directors of practice and research institutes.

Program Performance Data 2018-2019

Students also have the capability to continue specializing and developing areas of expertise in:

  • Multicultural counseling
  • Play therapy with children and adolescents
  • Trauma and stress
  • LGBTQ issues in counseling and counselor education
  • Disability, health and chronic illness
  • Suicide and crisis
  • Program evaluation
  • Quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methodologies
Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Counselor Education and Practice, Ph.D. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application; provide a 500-word statement (approximately 2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font) in which you identify each of the following:
    (a) why you desire a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Practice from Georgia State University;
    (b) your future career goals;
    (c) your research and scholarly interests; and
    (d) any relevant clinical, teaching, supervision or research experience)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (upload with the application)
  • Writing Sample (upload with the application)
  • Must have completed a master’s degree in Counseling or closely related clinical field; applicants must have completed a minimum of 700-hour practicum or internship as part of their clinical training, and/or be licensed as a master’s level clinician or certified as a rehabilitation counselor
  • Official Transcript(s): graduate degree required for admission
    submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Admissions — Graduate School |P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302
  • GRE scores: An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education and Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive
    • institution code 5251
    • scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application

Please Note:
Interviews will be conducted by department faculty — you will be notified if you are selected for an interview.


Program of Study

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Practice

A. Core Area (21)

The Core Area consists of 18 semester hours of research coursework and 3 semester hours of Social Foundation of Education and Psychology of Learning coursework.

Research Core (18 hours)

Required (6):

  • EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education (3)
  • EPRS 8530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education (3)

Required (12):

  • A two-course sequence (6 hours) in research methodology (see below for specific tracks/courses)
  • Two courses (6 hours) in advanced research methods as identified by the Doctoral Advisory Committee

Quantitative Methodology

  • EPRS 8540 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education II
  • EPRS 8550 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education III (3)
  • EPRS 8820 Program Evaluation and Institutional Research (3)
  • EPRS 8830 Survey Research, Sampling Principles and Questionnaire Design (3)
  • EPRS 8840 Meta-Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 8660 Bayesian Statistics (3)
  • EPRS 9550 Multivariate Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 9560 Structural Equation Modeling (3)
  • EPRS 9570 Hierarchical Linear Modeling I (3)
  • EPRS 9571 Hierarchical Linear Modeling II(3)
  • EPRS 9900 Research Design (3)

Qualitative Methodology

  • ANTH 8010 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (3)
  • EPRS 8510 Qualitative Research in Education II (3)
  • EPRS 8520 Qualitative Research in Education III (3)
  • EPRS 8640 Case Study Methods (3)
  • EPRS 8700 Visual Research Methods (3)
  • EPRS 9120 Poststructural Inquiry (3)
  • EPRS 9400 Writing Qualitative Research Manuscripts (3)

Single-Case Methodology

  • EPY 8850 Introduction to Single-Case Methodology (3)
  • EPY 8860 Applications of Single-Case Methodology (3)

Historical/Philosophical Methodology

  • EPSF 9850 Historical Research in American Education (3)
  • EPSF 9930 Philosophical Analysis and Method (3)

Measurement Methodology

  • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading, and Assessment (3)
  • EPRS 8920 Educational Measurement (3)
  • EPRS 9350 Introduction to Item Response Theory (3)
  • EPRS 9360 Advanced Item Response Theory (3)

Social Foundations of Education and Psychology of Learning course (3)

In addition to highly specialized research in specific areas, doctoral students in the College of Education and Human Development must possess a deep understanding of comprehensive, theoretical principles and broad ideological conceptualizations.

Through historical, philosophical, sociological, and anthropological inquiry, knowledge of social foundations fosters the types of speculative investigations essential for thorough understandings of those theoretical principles and ideological conceptualizations necessary to uphold the integrity of the Ph.D. degree.

The psychology of learning component is based on the following guiding principles: (1) Educational leaders make judgments that affect learning. (2) Doctoral students should have a substantial understanding of the psychology of learning.

Select one (3):

  • EPSF 8270 Philosophy of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8280 Anthropology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8310 Sociology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8320 Politics and Policy in Education (3)
  • EPSF 8340 History of American Education (3)
  • EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning (3)
  • EPY 8030 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EPY 8050 The Psychology of Instruction (3)
  • EPY 8070 Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning (3)
  • EPY 8080 Memory and Cognition (3)
  • EPY 8180 Learning and the School-Age Child (5 to 18 Years) (3)
  • EPY 8200 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Cognition and Intellect (3)
  • EPY 8220 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Personality and Socialization (3)

B. Major Area (44)

Required (44):

  • CPS 8370 Advanced Career Counseling (3)
  • CPS 8450 Advanced Group Counseling (3)
  • CPS 8530 Professional Issues and Decisions (3)
  • CPS 8650 Advanced Counseling Theory (3)
  • CPS 8660 Applied Practice II: Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling (3)
  • CPS 9480 Supervision of Counseling Services (3)
  • CPS 9660 Applied Practice III (3)
  • CPS 9661 Supervision Internship (3)
  • CPS 9680 Doctoral Internship (9)
  • CPS 9920 Research and Publication (2)
  • CPS 9963 Leadership in Counselor Education: Professional and Social Advocacy (6)
  • EPY 9000 Facilitating College Teaching (3)

C. Cognate Area and Elective (12)

The cognate area provides students an opportunity to enrich their preparation as a counselor with further study in a related area of expertise. Students select one of the following cognate areas:

  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Research
  • Wellness
  • Multiculturalism
  • Child Clinical/Family

Students may design an individual cognate area with permission from their Doctoral Advisory Committee. The students’ Doctoral Advisory Committee may require courses in the cognate area be from outside the department, outside the College of Education and Human Development, or both.

D. Dissertation (15)

Required (15):
CPS 9990 Dissertation (15)

Program total: minimum of 92 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school.  Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships, and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students.  We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships.  The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship, and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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CACREP logoThis program is an on-campus learning experience that gives students a broad base of intellectual and interpersonal experiences in human growth and development, psychological assessment, group processes, behavioral change strategies, advocacy and leadership, multicultural counseling competence and other areas of special interest.

Doctoral training extends beyond course content hours and field experiences. Doctoral students learn to examine critically the state of the art, to generate research inquiries, and to advance the profession of counseling through oral and written contributions. The doctoral level counselor represents a “scientist-practitioner” model and should be both consumer and producer of research. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Georgia State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.

  • While completing the coursework, candidates are required to spend a minimum of two consecutive semesters of full-time graduate work in residence; excluding dissertation.
  • Upon completion of the course work and a one-year required internship, the candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive examination, referred to as the Preliminary Examination, constructed and evaluated by the Ph.D. Counselor Education and Practice faculty.
  • Upon successful completion of the Preliminary Examination, the student organizes and presents a prospectus to his/her doctoral committee.
  • Upon approval of the prospectus, the student conducts the study and defends the dissertation in the presence of the doctoral committee, students and other university personnel.



Our graduates enjoy careers in the following areas:

  • college counseling
  • counselor education
  • marriage and family counseling
  • clinical mental health counseling
  • play therapy
  • school counseling
  • student personnel work
  • rehabilitation counseling


Program Coordinator
Franco Dispenza

Counseling and Psychological Services

Mailing Address & Office Location
Counseling and Psychological Services
9th Floor, Room 950
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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