James Madison University

Program Description

The recently approved Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision is an innovative program that addresses urgent national needs to train and supervise more master’s-level counselors. Its emphasis on crisis counseling and emergency services is also a unique feature of the program.  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.  The students will include practicing counselors who wish to continue their professional development without resigning from their current positions.

The program, which is the third doctorate offered by the Department of Graduate Psychology, builds upon an experienced, award-winning faculty. JMU Counseling Programs have a proud history involving over 40 years of training successful counselors. In recognition of its history of innovation and numerous achievements, the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision named JMU the Outstanding Program at the Master’s Level in 2005.


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