Oakland University
Graduate Admissions Information

Ph.D. in Education - Counseling
Graduate Admissions
160 North Foundation Hall
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
tel 248-370-3167
fax 248-370-4114

Application Requirements
Application for Admission to Graduate Study
Goal Statement
3 Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms
Official GRE Test Scores
Curriculum Vitae
Writing Sample
Official Transcripts
International Application Requirements
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens and/or applicants with foreign academic credentials may also be required to submit the following application material(s):
Copy of Permanent Residency or Current Visa Status
English Translation of Foreign Transcripts
Foreign Transcript Evaluation - Course-by-Course Report
Official TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS test scores
Applicants applying for an F1 or J1 visa may also be required to submit the following application material(s):
International Student Supplemental Application
Affidavit of Support
Certified or Notarized Bank Statement
International Student Transfer Form

Program Description

The Ph.D. in Education with a major in counseling prepares students for leadership roles within the field in the areas of advanced clinical practice, advanced school counseling practice, administration, research and supervision.

The program allows students to pursue one of six cognate areas: career counseling, child and adolescent counseling, couple and family counseling, wellness counseling, school counseling, and mental health counseling. Additionally, in compliance with the CACREP guidelines, the program provides for advanced preparation in the following content areas: theories pertaining to the principles and practice of counseling, career development, group work, systems, and consultation; theories and practices of counselor supervision; instructional theory and methods relevant to counselor education; pedagogy relevant to current social and cultural issues, including social change theory and advocacy action planning; design and implementation of quantitative research and methodology, including univariate, multivariate, and single-subject design; design and  implementation of qualitative research, including grounded theory, ethnographic, and phenomenological methodologies; models and methods of assessment and use of data; ethical and legal considerations in counselor education and supervision (e.g., the ACA Code of Ethics); and the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage, nationality, socioeconomic status, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, occupation, physical and mental status, local, regional, national, international perspective, and equity issues in counselor education programs.

Requirements for Degree Completion
The program requires a minimum of 84 credit hours beyond the master’s degree: 12 credits in the foundation core, 32 credits in the department core, 20 credits in the cognate, 4 credits in the internship, and a minimum of 16 credits for the dissertation.


Oakland University is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Both the PhD and MA programs in Counseling at Oakland University are accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Related Links
Department of Counseling -- http://www4.oakland.edu/?id=45&sid=50
PhD in Counseling Program -- http://www.oakland.edu/?id=3384&sid=50
Faculty Profiles -- http://www2.oakland.edu/sehs/staff/index.cfm?deptid=2
Application Deadlines:
   Fall 2011:     March 01, 2011  
    Lisa Hawley  
    435F Pawley Hall  
The above program description and requirements are for informational purposes only. Requirements are subject to change. For official program requirements, please refer to online graduate catalog.