Prospective Doctoral StudentsWelcome! We appreciate your interest in our program. Our doctoral graduates hold positions around the nation in counselor education, agencies, student affairs in higher education, and private practice. We invite you to enhance your skills and broaden your opportunities by joining the ranks of our alumnae.
The strengths of our program are highlighted by our CACREP accreditation. Also, we are somewhat unique in that we are one of the largest counselor education programs, yet we are located in a relatively small university in a small community that is a convenient drive from a large metropolitan area. (Dallas). You could benefit from this "large but small" combination, because we have a diverse departmental faculty with many options for meeting your needs. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer individual attention to our doctoral students with a focus on personal and professional development.
Should you join our program, you would find flexibility on several fronts. In addition to the common core of doctoral courses, you would choose from one of several cognate areas, and you would work closely with an advisor to select an elective cluster of courses to meet your professional goals. You would also find flexibility regarding field experience sites, research courses, and dissertation topic - along with plentiful opportunities for working with faculty on publications, presentations, teaching, supervision, and involvement in professional associations.
Although applications are only reviewed in the Spring for August (Fall) admission, up to 12 graduate semester hours completed prior to admission, but after being awarded the master'ss degree, can be counted towards the Ph.D.
We are committed to our students, and we also expect commitment from our students. Rather than offering an impersonal on-line degree, we offer a personal program that emphasizes mentoring, supervision, hands-on experience, contact with faculty, and participation in departmental activities. We promote a level of involvement, both from our faculty and our doctoral students, that supports growth and a sense of professional connection.
If a student's master's degree is not from a CACREP-accredited program and the courses completed are not equivalent to those required in a CACREP master's degree, then the required master's level courses must be completed before the doctoral degree is awarded.
Our doctoral graduates complete 66-69 semester hours divided as a 18 semester hour core, a 9 semester hour cognate area, a 6 semester hour elective cluster, a 15 semester hour block of research and statistics tools, 9 semester hours of doctoral field experience, and 9-12 semester hours of dissertation. The time to completion of the doctorate varies, depending on the student's selection of full-time or part-time status and summer course work. Three to five years is fairly typical.
You might be interested in a doctoral-level graduate assistantship. In addition to offering financial support (and benefits such as insurance), these often-available assistantships afford opportunities for professionally valuable experience in teaching undergraduate counseling courses, assistance with supervision of master's-level students, and/or work in other university entities such as the university counseling center, academic advising, etc.
Because you are interested in our program, you are invited to check other locations on our website for more details. You might find the "frequently asked questions" (FAQ) on this website most helpful for you, and be sure to check the graduate course descriptions, faculty information, and other department and university details. Then, contact the department to talk to a faculty member about how the Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Counseling might be in your future. We look forward to hearing from you.