Counselor Education and Supervision
College of Professional Advancement
Teach, mentor, and inspire fellow counselors
Mercer University’s CACREP-Accredited* Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision challenges and prepares candidates for roles as advocates, consultants, and practitioners in the counseling field. With an emphasis on the client-counselor relationship and creative and experiential modalities in counseling, individuals develop expertise in research, modelling, and theory application. In addition to submitting a dissertation, this comprehensive Ph.D. curriculum requires:
- Relevant internship and field experiences
- An immersive one-year residency requirement
- Graduate teaching assistantships or graduate research assistantships
- A customized area of study through the cognate area
A defining characteristic of the Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program at Mercer University is the cohort model. A cohort typically refers to a group of students that enter a program together and remain together throughout its duration. This model allows students to experience a stable and supportive group of similarly talented classmates that will support and enhance your success in the program. The cohort also fosters collegial relationships that will grow your professional network.
Designed for busy and working adults
The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision admits students to Mercer’s Atlanta campus each August, with classes meeting one evening per week. There are two 16-week terms during the fall and spring semesters, and one eight-week term during the summer session. Students must attend classes full time for the first 30 hours of the program to establish residency. During this period, students form their research agenda and work with faculty on research, supervision, teaching, and extramural funding.
Graduate teaching assistantships or graduate research assistantships may be available for eligible students. After establishing residency, candidates may attend part time to complete field work or participate in other counseling opportunities. Most students complete the coursework, internship, and dissertation in three to five years.
Step into what’s next in your counseling career
Candidates who demonstrate mastery in the counseling field and complete and defend a dissertation qualify to complete the Ph.D. program. Many graduates find employment as counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and leaders in the field.
*The Counselor Education and Supervision program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Visit our Outcomes page to learn more.