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

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science


Build the skills you need to inspire and lead. Capella University’s CACREP-accredited PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) program is one of the few programs of its kind online, designed to prepare you for leadership roles in clinical, academic, or research settings. Blending online coursework, residencies, and field experiences, the CES degree helps you practice real-world application of what you’re learning while building up your clinical, teaching, research, and supervisory skills.

With a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella, you'll gain the ability to conduct and contribute valid, reliable, and ethical research in the counseling profession, practice social and professional ethics, and think critically and write effectively in your discipline. 

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your CACREP-accredited PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program includes 5 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called residencies), fieldwork (including practicum and internships), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each piece of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

Degree Outcomes

With a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella, you'll be able to lead and advocate for inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance, evaluate the current theories and practices of the counseling profession, and demonstrate commitment to one's personal and professional development. Additionally, you'll have the skills to conduct and contribute valid, reliable, and ethical research in the counseling profession, practice social and professional ethics, and think critically and write effectively in one's discipline.

Career Outcomes

Related job titles to explore with a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision include: counselor educator, counselor supervisor, adjunct or part-time counseling faculty, and full-time counseling faculty. Potential workplaces include: land-based and online college/university, community mental health center, family service agency, psychiatric hospital, military, residential treatment center, and mental health agency.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start January 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future. 

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$690 per credit, 72 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

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Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
CES8004 Advanced Research in Human Development
CES8110 Foundations of Advanced Social Science Research and Design
CES8760 Advanced Clinical Practice
CES8768 Counselor Education Teaching and Practice
CES8776 Leadership and Advocacy in Counseling

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.