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Doctoral Admission Requirements

The Counselor Education Doctoral Program invites applications from all interested counselors.

Doctoral program admission requirements include a master's degree in Counselor Education or a closely related field, including a counseling practicum and internship experience. Applicants with degrees in other counseling fields (i.e., Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling Psychology) are considered but may be required to complete the CACREP master's degree core courses that were not included in their degrees. Applicants with at least two years of post-masters counseling experience are given strongest consideration. Full-time and part-time plans of study are permitted.

The application for the program is entirely on-line through the Graduate School Admission page includes transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and short essays. Applicants are required to submit GRE scores, however, there is not a minimum score requirement for admission to the Counselor Education program. In the online application program, indicate an enrollment term of Fall, Blacksburg campus, and Doctorate degree. The program option for "Education, Counselor Education" should be available in the "Select a Program" box.

Doctoral application materials should submitted by November 1 for priority consideration. All full-time applicants are considered for Graduate Assistantships, which provide a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a stipend. Applications submitted between November and March will be considered for admission if room is still available in the program.

A committee of faculty reviews all applications as they are completed, and select applicants to invite for an on-campus interview. Interviews by technology may be permitted in extenuating circumstances.  Recommendation for admission will be made within a month of the interview and notification will occur informally by the program and formally from the Dean of the Graduate School. Address any questions about the admissions process to program administrative assistant, Wanda McAlexander at or 540-231-5106. If you have additional questions, you may contact Dr. Gerard Lawson at or click here to request more information.

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