Counseling and Counselor Education, Ph.D.

The deadline for admissions for the fall semester is November 1 of the previous year. Applicants should ensure that all of the required materials are submitted by that date.

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 department 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 in the Department of Counseling and Human Services and other internal funding opportunities. It is recommended that you get your application in as early as possible in order to be considered.
  • Out-of-department assistantships 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.
  • School of Education Endowed Scholarships
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources