Counseling & Personnel Services (Doctoral - PhD)

Program Information

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Personnel Services encompasses four specialization areas. To learn more, select one of the specialization areas listed below.

The doctoral degree is granted in recognition of scholarly proficiency and distinctive achievement in a specific field/discipline. All candidates for a doctoral degree in the College of Education and Human Development must successfully complete qualifying exams and a dissertation/professional portfolio that clearly indicates the candidate has mastered and can exhibit/articulate the content knowledge, skills and dispositions specific to their discipline, and can utilize appropriate research methodologies to contribute to the body of knowledge in their field.

Distinctive Characteristics of Doctoral Programs in the College of Education and Human Development.

I. Social Justice and Equity

Doctoral students in our program build experience and expertise in the issues of social justice and equity, which aligns with our metropolitan mission and student achievement.

II. Leadership

Our doctoral students gain expertise in supervising and leading others to achieve organizational goals and missions, managing complex systems, addressing administrative issues and procedures, conducting research to enhance leadership, and teaching others about the art of organizational leadership.

III. Practical Experience

The doctoral program contain practicums, internships, and embedded field experiences that align with program and career goals. These mentored experiences may include: teaching; research, administration or other appropriate areas.

IV. Scholarship/Research

An emphasis on scholarship includes experience and mentorship in ethics, publications, presentation, grantsmanship, and other forms of creative activity. The research component is characterized by the development of vertical research teams; senior faculty, junior faculty, doctoral students, master's students, and in some programs, undergraduate students, working together on research projects and research areas. These may be bolstered by partnerships with local school districts, businesses, or community agencies.