Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D.


Mercer University's Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares professionals as practitioners, consultants, counselor educators, supervisors, and researchers. It is awarded to those who demonstrate a mastery of their field and who complete and defend a dissertation. Doctoral training extends beyond course content hours and field experiences; students learn to examine critically the state of the art, to generate research inquiries, and to advance the profession of counseling through oral and written contributions. The doctoral level counselor represents a “scientist practitioner” model and should be both consumer and producer of research. The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program is offered at Mercer's Atlanta campus, and students are admitted once per year in August.
The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares professionals as practitioners, consultants, counselor educators, supervisors, and researchers. The faculty have identified the following as its program objectives: 

  • To prepare students to demonstrate advanced expertise in the application of theories and conceptual models of counselor education, supervision, practice, and research
  • To prepare students for the role of counselor supervisor and gatekeeper in the profession
  • To prepare students to be teachers and evaluators of graduate-level students in counselor education programs
  • To prepare students in developing their identities as scholars and in becoming producers, consumers, and evaluators of research in the field
  • To prepare students to become leaders and advocates within the profession such as at their universities, places of employment, and at the local, state, national, and international levels.
  • To prepare students in ethical professional dispositions. 
  • To prepare students to obtain careers in the area in which they have been trained.
  • To admit and retain a diverse student body.


Annual reports, employer/supervisor survey results and program graduate survey results for our counseling programs can be viewed on our Program/Student Outcomes page.


Founded in 2014, the Center for the Study of Narrative (CSN) uses principles of narrative theory and therapy to seek out and learn from stories from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, while using this knowledge to improve ways to help others. Students and faculty work collaboratively to conduct narrative-based research, engage in service learning opportunities, and pursue study abroad courses. For more information, visit the Center for the Study of Narrative website.

This mission is based upon a fundamental belief in the diversity, dignity, and inherent worth of all human beings and in the central role education plays in a democratic society. The Counseling faculty actively supports the College of Professional Advancement’s commitment to quality instruction and community service.

Students in the Ph.D. program are expected to establish “residency” by attending school full time for the first 30 hours of the program to establish their research agenda, work with faculty on research, supervision, teaching, and extramural funding. During this period, they will be eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships or Graduate Research Assistantships to aid them financially while they study full time. Once program residency is established at the completion of the first 30 hours, students may attend part-time or complete external field work or participate in other opportunities in counseling.

During residency, considerable time is spent on campus beyond attendance in enrolled classes. Students should attend dissertation defenses scheduled within the department and should take advantage of workshops, colloquia, or symposia offered on campus or in Metro Atlanta. Students may collaborate on research projects with faculty members and/or assist with instructional programs for master’s and specialist degree students in counseling. Students may also participate in opportunities to learn the design and writing of grants and projects for external funding.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision at Mercer University requires a minimum of 75 graduate semester hours of study beyond the master’s degree, including internship and dissertation requirements. The Ph.D. degree is the highest academic degree granted by American universities. It is awarded to those who demonstrate a mastery of the field in which it is awarded and who complete and defend a dissertation.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 25% of their required course credits for any course taken at an accredited institution for which they earned a grade of “B” or better.


Core Requirements

The core represents a common requirement for all Ph.D. students designed by the Counselor Education and Supervision Program to provide a specific body of coursework leading to expertise in research design and methodology, advanced theory, leadership and supervision, as well as awareness of social foundations and advanced counseling practice.

View the Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Supervision Program Plan >

Applicants seeking admission to the program must have a master's degree in counseling or a counseling discipline from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum 3.5 graduate GPA. Preference is given to graduates of CACREP-accredited programs. The program admits students oncer per year in August. The application deadline is January 31.


Application Checklist

Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:

  • Application for Admission. Begin application now >
  • $35 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
    Submit the required application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not send cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition. Former or current students of Mercer University need not submit another application fee. 
  • MAT or GRE Test Score
    All applicants must take the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a qualifying score. Scores must be no more than five years old at the time of application. Testing information can be provided through the official MAT or GRE Website. The target score for the MAT is 397, and the target score for the GRE is 151 verbal and 143 quantitative. This is but one tool used in the decision making process.
  • Unofficial MAT or GRE Test Score
    If you have already taken the MAT or GRE and have the score results, we request that you include this information with the application. For example, you may submit a copy of the unofficial score report given at the time the test was taken (sometimes referred to as the "walk-out score report") or a copy of your examinees score report received through the mail. This will allow the admissions department to begin the file evaluation process. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
  • Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions
    Submit an official transcript from each college and university previously attended. Transcripts are required for both undergraduate (including summer school and studies abroad) and graduate course work, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
  • Copies of Professional Certifications/Licensure
    Applicants must submit all relevant counseling certifications and licenses.
  • Writing Sample on Topic of Professional Interest for Counselors
    Applicants must submit a sample of his/her writing ability.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    The letters of recommendation/support can be from persons in current or past leadership structure, professors or those that have firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s professional accomplishments.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Resume or curriculum vitae should include current and past job responsibilities and positions held.

  • Interview


Submit all application supporting materials to:
Mercer University
Office of Graduate Admissions
College of Professional Advancement
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for graduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.

B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.

Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.

D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.

E. Visa Status: International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)

Applicants seeking graduate admission into the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program are required to attend an interview. Interviews will be scheduled upon review of candidate's completed admissions file.

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