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PHD Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision General Counselor Education and Supervision specialization

Admission Requirements

Applicants must provide the following information for admission to Capella programs and specializations.

  • Master’s degree from an institution accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or CACREP-curriculum equivalent.
  • Your official master’s transcripts, minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • 3 letters of recommendation completed by professionals who can assess your aptitude for doctoral education in counseling.
  • 2 admission writing samples.
  • Your résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee. Fee is required to initiate an application for admission and must be paid as part of the application process. The fee covers the cost of transcript requests, transcript evaluation and other administrative costs.
  • GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.

Recommendation Requirements

Applicants must provide 3 references who can offer an objective evaluation. The recommendation should speak to your aptitude for graduate education and include relevant examples.

Appropriate references include work and volunteer supervisors, college/university faculty, and colleagues within the counseling/human services profession.

Only one of your references may include a professional colleague. References may not include your personal clergy, personal current or past counselor/therapist, colleagues outside the counseling/human services profession, or friends/relatives.

Writing Sample Requirements

The profession of counselor education and supervision relies heavily on accurate, scholarly, succinct, and concise communication. The admissions committee seeks to understand your potential as a professional counselor educator in terms of your ability to write clearly and communicate your thoughts effectively. You are asked to produce 2 writing samples that represent your best writing efforts:

  • Between 500 and 1,000 words, for each of the 2 questions
  • Accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Ideas should be well organized and should adequately address the question posed

CV/Résumé Requirements

Your professional résumé or curriculum vitae must be prepared specifically for this application in Microsoft Word and should demonstrate career progression, leadership and overall achievements.

Your up-to-date résumé should include:

  • Your professional work experience
  • Volunteering experience
  • Certifications, training, and special awards Your résumé should have a professional, easy-to-read appearance and be checked for spelling errors.

International Student Requirements

You are considered an international applicant if you completed your highest degree outside of the U.S., regardless of where you currently live. International applications include all U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens who have completed their most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the U.S.

In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:

  • Minimum scores and acceptable tests for proof of English proficiency
  • Transcript evaluation

Learn more about international student admissions.

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