Counseling and Counselor Education, Ph.D.

The Counseling and Counselor Education Ph.D. program will not be able to offer funding for new students in Fall 2024. If funding is critical factor for consideration please do not apply for Fall 2024 admission, but consider applying for a future semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • CACREP-accredited Master’s degree in counseling or rehabilitation counseling, or concurrent admission to a CHS master’s program; minimum graduate GPA of 3.25
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate study
  • Preferred: minimum of 1 year of work experience in a counseling setting
  • Supplemental Doctoral application, sent directly to as an attachment.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from persons who can speak to your academic potential and to your personal qualifications for graduate study in counseling
  • Personal statement which defines your motivation to seek graduate study and your future career ambitions
  • Professional or academic writing sample
  • Optional video of a counseling session, which must be accompanied by a signed release by the client who is participating in the session and commentary about the session.
  • Applicants will be contacted to schedule admissions interviews.
  • GRE is optional (not required)
  • International students: TOEFL Scores, written test 600, computerized test 250, iBT test 100, IELTS 7.0, or Duolingo English Test – this requirement CANNOT be waived.

Financial Support

  • All applications are considered for assistantships with Counseling faculty and within the rest of the School of Education. It is recommended that you get your application in as early as possible in order to be considered.
  • Assistantships outside of the SOE are frequently available to CHS students. Assistantships and other jobs in departments like the Residence Life, International Students, Academic Services, Athletic Advising, Student Success, and Career Services are posted on the Syracuse University Human Resources website. We suggest interested students look at and apply for jobs in mid-January for the following fall. While most Graduate Assistantships are provided for doctoral students, some are available for master’s students.
  • School of Education Endowed Scholarships
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources

Program Contacts

Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment|315.443.2505
Speranza Migliore
Yanhong Liu, Associate Professor|315.443.9624
Yanhong Liu
Derek Seward, Associate Professor|315.443.9623
Derek Seward