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PhD: Counseling

Impact the Field of Counseling

The Ph.D. program in counseling is based on a researcher practitioner model; it is primarily designed to train researchers, scholars, academicians, and highly skilled practitioners. The faculty members of the Counseling program believe that individuals seeking Ph.D. training should be trained well to perform activities valued in academic, research, and service-providing settings. The Ph.D. deepens a student's understanding and builds refined research, teaching, supervision, counseling, and leadership and advocacy skills. The University of Missouri—St. Louis (UMSL) Ph.D. program holds advanced accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of f Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs(CACREP); it is the only doctoral counseling program in Missouri that holds CACREP accreditation. .

The faculty members of the program aspire to provide a nationally recognized and valuable doctoral degree program. Many graduates of the program are practicing counselors or counselor educators. Graduates of the doctoral program have been placed in academic positions at major universities throughout the USA. A major emphasis in all of our graduate training is our commitment to cultural diversity and social justice.

Graduates of the program will have a degree that clearly distinguishes them from the entry-level practitioner -- to the level of research, supervisory, and teaching expert in the field of counseling. The Ph.D. degree internship (a 600-contact hour field experience) requires research activity, graduate teaching, supervision experience with master’s-level students, leadership and advocacy, and counseling practice. The Department has a counseling training center on campus, the Counseling and Social Advocacy Center, where students get practical experience under close supervision.

Our program consistently attracts diverse students from across the nation as well as internationally. Students achieve high levels of competency in the areas of research, supervision, teaching, leadership and advocacy, and clinical work.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 3students graduated from the PhD program. About 80% of our students who start the program complete it. Most graduates (about 98%) are employed in the field.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)

Program Coordinator:

Susan Kashubeck-West

455 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-6091

Deadline to Apply:
December 1st
The requirements below detail multiple emphases in this program. Keywords have been highlighted to draw your attention to this particular emphasis.

Admission and General Requirements

In addition to meeting the application and admissions requirements of the Graduate School, students must submit: 

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two from individuals with earned doctorates, preferably prior instructors). 
  • An original essay. 
  • A professional resume. 
  • Evidence of above-average academic records. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred.
  • GRE scores. Quantitative and verbal scores at or above the 50th percentile are preferred. An analytical writing score of 4.0 or higher is preferred.

Admission is competitive, and a favorable vote of an admission interview committee, composed of faculty in the emphasis area, is required.

Degree Program

  • Coursework: A minimum of 60 credit hours is required beyond the Master’s degree, including 6 hours of dissertation research. A minimum of 42 of these hours must be completed in residence. For students who have not completed a Master’s degree, a minimum of 90 hours, postbaccalaureate, is required, including 6 hours of dissertation research (the Graduate School’s residency requirement applies). Students in the Counseling emphasis area complete the following requirements: a minimum 90 hours, postbaccalaureate, including 12 hours of dissertation research (the Graduate School’s residency requirement applies).
  • Dissertation: All students must defend orally a written dissertation proposal to their dissertation committee. A dissertation embodying the results of original research must be accepted by the dissertation committee and the Graduate School.

Admission Application

To ensure time for review and decision, applicants should submit the Graduate School application, college transcripts, and any program-specific materials (e.g. supplemental application, letters of recommendation, etc.) well in advance of the December 1st deadline. Please note that unofficial transcripts can be uploaded with the Graduate School application to expedite admissions decisions; however, official transcripts must be received directly from all prior institutions attended before regular admission to any program will be granted. In addition, applicants are urged to request transcripts and letters or recommendation two weeks before completing the online application. Consideration of applications cannot be undertaken until all materials are available.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Teaching-Learning Processes, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Educational Psychology emphasis areas complete the following requirements.

1. Research Methods15-18
Students in the Teaching –Learning Processes, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Educational Psychology emphasis areas should complete the following research methods courses (or equivalent).
ED REM 6735
Statistical Analysis for Education Research (Prerequisite)
ED REM 6750
Advanced Research Design in Education
Plus any three methods courses from the following:
ED REM 7771
Quantitative Research Methods I
ED REM 7772
Quantitative Research Methods II
ED REM 7781
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I
ED REM 7782
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II
This sequence totals 15 hours of methods courses. Remaining hours can be completed with other ED REM courses numbered 6000 or higher or research courses in another curriculum.
2. Program Area of Study to Develop Discipline Knowledge (as determined by student, advisor, and program)24-26
3. Core courses 10-14
EDUC 7490Directed Readings in the Education Research Literature1-3
EDUC 7635Ethical and Legal Issues in Educational Practice2
EDUC 7050The Research Process I:Framing Research Questions within Educ Lit3
EDUC 7605Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Educational Practice2
Electives2-4
4. Dissertation Proposal Writing
EDUC 7950Preparation for Writing the Dissertation Proposal1
5. Dissertation
EDUC 7999Dissertation Research6

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the application and admissions requirements of the Graduate School, students must submit: 

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two from individuals with earned doctorates, preferably prior instructors). 
  • A copy of a paper you have written on a scholarly topic, as a writing sample.
  • A professional resume. 
  • Evidence of above-average academic records. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred.
  • GRE scores. Quantitative and verbal scores at or above the 50th percentile are preferred. An analytical writing score of 4.0 or higher is preferred.
  • Answers to these three questions (limit responses to 300 words or less per question), sent to CounselingDocApps@umsl.edu:
    • How do you envision the UMSL doctoral program preparing you to meet your career goals?
    • What are your experiences working with diverse populations and what you have learned from these experiences?
    • What personal qualities do you possess that relate to your interest in doctoral education in Counseling?

Admission is competitive, and a favorable vote of an admission interview committee, composed of faculty in the emphasis area, is required.

Degree Program

  • Coursework: A minimum of 60 credit hours is required beyond the Master’s degree, including 6 hours of dissertation research. A minimum of 42 of these hours must be completed in residence. 
  • Dissertation: All students must defend orally a written dissertation proposal to their dissertation committee. A dissertation embodying the results of original research must be accepted by the dissertation committee and the Graduate School.

Admission Application

To ensure time for review and decision, applicants should submit the Graduate School application, college transcripts, and any program-specific materials (e.g. supplemental application, letters of recommendation, etc.) well in advance of the December 1st deadline. Please note that unofficial transcripts can be uploaded with the Graduate School application to expedite admissions decisions; however, official transcripts must be received directly from all prior institutions attended before regular admission to any program will be granted. In addition, applicants are urged to request transcripts and letters or recommendation two weeks before completing the online application. Consideration of applications cannot be undertaken until all materials are available.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Counseling emphasis area complete the following requirements:

Research Methods (21 hours)
ED REM 6710Educational Research Methods and Design 13
CNS ED 7020Seminar in Counseling Research3
CNS ED 7025Advanced Counseling Research3
ED REM 7771Quantitative Research Methods I3
ED REM 7781Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I3
One of the following:3
ED REM 7772
Quantitative Research Methods II
ED REM 7782
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II
One of the following:3
ED REM 6730
Educational Program Development and Evaluation
ED REM 7712
Discourse Analysis in Education
ED REM 7772
Quantitative Research Methods II (if not taken above)
ED REM 7773
ED REM 7782
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II (if not taken above)
ED REM 7740
Historical Research Methods in Education
Counseling Core (57 hours)
CNS ED 6010Theories of Counseling 13
CNS ED 6020Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling 13
CNS ED 6030Foundations for Multicultural Counseling 13
CNS ED 6040Group Procedures in Counseling 13
CNS ED 6050Individual Inventory 13
CNS ED 6270School Counseling Practicum 13
or CNS ED 6370 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I
CNS ED 6280School Counseling Field Experience 16
or CNS ED 6380 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience
CNS ED 6410Advanced Career Development3
CNS ED 7000Advanced Theories and Practice of Counseling6
CNS ED 6400Career Information and Development3
please add the superscript 1 to the CNS ED 6400 course too - it's missing. I'd also move it to come before 6410 in the list
CNS ED 7010Advanced Multicultural Counseling3
CNS ED 7030Counselor Education and Supervision of Individuals and Groups6
CNS ED 7075Teaching, Learning, and Technology in Counselor Education3
ED PSY 6210Life-Span: Individual and Family Development 13
Electives6
Internship
CNS ED 7780Doctoral Internship6
Dissertation Research
EDUC 7999Dissertation Research6
Total Hours90
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Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D.
Professor

Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the UMSL faculty in 2001, she taught psychology at Drake University (89-93) and Texas Tech University (93-01). She is a licensed psychologist ...
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Mary Edwin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary Edwin is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Edwin served as a career counselor and an elementary and middle school counselor. Her research focuses on K-12 career development, career decision-making skills of undergraduate students, and the inf...
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Emily Oliveira, Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

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Mark Pope, Ed.D.
Curators' Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Mark Pope, Ed.D. received his A.B. (Political Science and Sociology) and M.Ed. (Counseling and Personnel Services) from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ed.D. (Counseling and Educational Psychology) from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Pope is a National Certified Counselor, Master Career Counselor, National Certified Career Counselor, Master Addictions Cou...
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Phillip Waalkes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phillip Waalkes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. He received his bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Hope College and his Master's in School Counseling from Western Carolina University. After working for about 5 years as a school counselor in a rural K-12 school, he obtained his Ph.D. in Couns...