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Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares graduates for professional leadership roles in counselor education, supervision, advanced counseling practice and research. The doctoral program is designed for those who aspire to careers in counselor education at colleges and universities; teaching, counseling and supervision at community colleges; director of counseling programs in P-12 programs; consultation to community agencies, business/industry and/or state departments; counseling and supervisory positions in student development; and/or, mental health private practice counseling. Graduates will complete the program with the coursework to apply for a mental health counseling license.

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 96 hours postbaccalaureate and includes coursework in professional counseling, clinical and research, culminating in a dissertation that is a unique contribution to the field. Students develop an area of focus constructed of 6 hours of courses outside of the department planned with concurrence of the committee. The program includes a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation research.

The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, or CACREP. The organization accredits graduate programs that prepare counselors, counseling supervisors and counselor educators. The CACREP accreditation represents the gold standard in counselor education.

Program Delivery

Courses are delivered from the Manhattan campus to Olathe via videoconferencing.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop skills in teaching, client appraisal, supervision, research, program evaluation and intervention.

  2. Enhance counseling knowledge and skills, leadership development, advocacy and understanding of the application of ethical standards.

  3. Provide proactive, developmental supervisory and/or consultative programming or treatment to children, adults and families with normal developmental concerns and populations experiencing life adjustment difficulties.

  4. Interact with multicultural populations effectively.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge and application of qualitative and quantitative research designs and data analysis.


Minimum of 96 hours postbaccalaureate

Professional courses (21-24 credit hours)

Cognate area (6 credit hours)

  • Students will develop an area of focus constructed of courses outside of the department planned with concurrence of the committee.

Practicum/Internship (9 credit hours)

Research courses (15 credit hours)

Research (12-15 credit hours)

  • EDCEP 999 - Research

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the faculty in the graduate program. Applicants seeking admission to this degree program must submit the information noted below. Before starting the online application, gather all information and documents for all of the admission requirements so that they can be uploaded into the application system. All materials must be received before review will begin.

See the detailed requirements
  • Completed Online Graduate School Application.
    (Follow the prompts for completing the application process.)

  • Application Deadlines
    • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

    • International Students: The online application, application fee, test scores, transcripts, financial documents and all required application materials need to be submitted by the following dates:
      • January 1 for fall (August) enrollment
      • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment
      • December 1 for summer (June) enrollment
  • Graduate School Application Fee
    • Domestic Students: A $65 application fee is required for all domestic students; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.

    • International Students: A $75 application fee is required; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • You must upload into the online application system a scanned copy (PDF preferred) of the official transcript(s) from each college or university where you received your bachelor's degree(s) and completed any post baccalaureate course work or degrees. Transcripts become part of your records at Kansas State University and cannot be returned. Please be aware that printouts from university student portals are not considered a copy of your official transcript.

    • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification from the institution(s) where you received your degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate credits.

    • Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority. Failure to list any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the university.
  • Statement of Goals and Professional Experience
    • You must upload into the online application system a 3-5 page, double-spaced paper that addresses the following topics:
      • Career and professional goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit the goals and aspirations;
      • Evidence of commitment to the counseling profession;
      • Competencies and experiences related to the program (e.g., counseling skills and experience, interpersonal skills, teaching skills, program development experience);
      • Evidence of motivation, leadership, and strong work ethic;
      • Knowledge, competencies, and experience related to research;
      • Research interests;
      • Evidence of experience with diversity and, if applicable, fluency in languages other than English; and
      • Professional experiences that support application.
    • The paper is to be well written and thoughtfully presented. For resources to help writing the paper, see the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). An additional writing sample(s) that is independently authored may be submitted as part of the application process (e.g., graduate course paper, thesis, published article).
  • GRE Test Scores
    • Each applicant must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from the past five years. Priority for admission is given to applicants who have a score at the 50th percentile or higher on each part of the GRE. Applicants not meeting those scores may be considered for probationary admission if there is credible evidence, such as a strong academic record, of potential for success.

    • The GRE has three parts: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Applicants are strongly encouraged to go to the GRE website to become familiar with the exam, identify ways to prepare for the exam, and to register to take the exam.

    • When registering for the GRE, you will be asked to record codes for where you want your scores sent and for the field of study of your intended graduate program. Use the following codes on the GRE registration form when applying to this degree program:
      • Institutional code for Kansas State University: 6334
      • Field of Study: Student Counseling – 3802
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Three letters of recommendation are needed from college or university educators and/or colleagues or supervisors who are qualified to address your professional skills and your potential for success in the graduate program. Enter the names and email addresses of the recommenders into the appropriate area in the online application.
  • A Professional Resume or Vitae
    • You must upload into the online application system a professional resume/vitae that includes previous academic degrees, past and present employment, professional activities and roles, and other pertinent information.
  • An Interview
    • An interview with faculty members in this program may be requested before an admission decision is made (e.g., phone, video conference, on campus).
  • English Language Proficiency
    • To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System – academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English. Enter your scores in the online application and upload the report of your scores.

    • Learn more about English proficiency requirements

International applicants

International applicants must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required of domestic students. When applying for admission, international applicants must provide an Affidavit of Financial Support and documentation of English language proficiency. Detailed information about these issues is provided at the Graduate School's International Students Web page.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available in the College of Education and across the University. Program faculty work to communicate openings and facilitate connections regarding assistantships opportunities. 

More Information

For more information about the doctoral program, contact Kimberly Ramacciotti, director of student services, at olatheapp@k-state.edu or 913-307-7313.

Why school counseling?

“We are excited about having a cohort present at the Olathe campus primarily because we see a need to address the counselor shortage in Kansas. This is an opportunity to make our program more accessible and prepare professionals for what I believe is one of the most rewarding careers in education.”

Dr. Judy Hughey, NCC
Associate Professor
Coordinator of Counselor Education
Kansas State University