James Madison University

Counseling and Supervision

Program Description and Outcomes

Counseling and Supervision Doctoral Students

The Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision was approved by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) and implemented in 2011 with a cohort of five degree-seeking students. The 48-credit-hour curriculum focuses on counselor education, supervision strategies, leadership skills, counseling services, and research methods. Eligible applicants are practicing counselors who have completed an advanced degree (M.A., M.S. or Ed.S.) from an entry-level counseling program and 60 credit hours of graduate counseling coursework necessary for licensure as a professional counselor, with preference given to graduates of CACREP accredited programs. Its emphasis on crisis counseling and emergency services is also a unique feature of the program. 

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 14 students have been enrolled in the Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision Program.  Since the implementation of the program, five doctorates have been awarded. During the past two years, we admitted a total of 10 students. Our full-time students are expected to complete the program in three years and our part-time students plan to complete the program in five years.  During the first four years of the program, our combined completion rate for full-time and part-time students in the Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision Program has been 89%.  All of our alumni report that they are licensed and working either full-time or part-time in counselor education, supervision, and counseling practice.