Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Doctoral Program in Counseling and Counselor Education

Syracuse University
Doctoral Program in Counseling and Counselor Education
The Counseling and Human Services Department is seeking qualified applicants for the next cohort of doctoral students at Syracuse University. The Department admits 4-5 doctoral students per year. Therefore, extensive interaction with the faculty is assured. In order to be reviewed for fellowships or to be competitive for graduate assistantships (in the Department or in selected offices across campus), a completed application should be received by the Graduate School no later than December 1, 2013
Fellowship and graduate assistantships include full tuition remission for 24 semester credits per year (including summer) and competitive stipends. Doctoral students receive health/ dental/prescription insurance comparable to that of faculty. Annual professional development financial support is also granted to students to present at conferences.

Special aspects of the Program include the following:
·        The Syracuse University program benefits from a nationally recognized university-wide program (The Future Professoriate) that prepares students for teaching positions in higher education. This program includes regular workshops on campus and a fully funded off-campus retreat.
·        The Counseling and Counselor Education Program supports research through bi-weekly mentoring seminars which students attend throughout their programs of study.
·        Internship opportunities in the areas of counseling, supervision, and teaching far exceed CACREP requirements.
·        Another unique aspect of the S.U. program is the array of cognates (minors) available to students. Cognates chosen by students recently include international relations (through the prestigious Maxwell School), cultural foundations of education, multicultural counseling, family therapy, technology and counseling, research methodology, to name just a few.
·        Faculty are themselves engaged in a variety of research initiatives and national professional activity, thus providing a vibrant context for doctoral study.

The S.U. doctoral program presently has five signatures of strength. Each of these is an area which represents specific faculty interest, expertise, and research, and areas for which S.U. offers unique opportunities. The signatures are as follows:
·        Clinical Supervision:  Developing the knowledge and skills necessary to train and supervise counselors and counselors-in-training, and to teach supervision to others.

·        College Mental Health Counseling: Developing the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to work within a college counseling context with students who present with a wide range of developmental and mental health concerns.

·        Social Justice and Urban Youth: Developing the knowledge, skills, and awareness necessary to identify and confront the institutionalized forms of discrimination which continue to perpetuate disparities in social, academic, and career opportunities for urban youth.

·        Counseling People with Disabilities : Developing the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of living.

·        The Future Professoriate:  Developing the knowledge and skills necessary to assume academic, administrative, and professional leadership roles related to the professoriate.
The Ph.D. program is accredited by CACREP (

Syracuse University is situated in a moderately sized and diverse city surrounded by the Finger Lakes, apple orchards, and two hours from the Adirondacks. Major cities accessible by car include NYC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, and D.C.
For further information regarding the program and to locate both the general application for graduate study as well as the Department application for the Ph.D. program, go to the Department website:

The direct link to the doctoral program is as follows:

Also, feel free to contact me at I would be happy to answer any of your questions. Finally, if you choose to apply to Syracuse, sending an email to me or to Sindy Pitts will insure that we are tracking your application as it goes through the system.

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