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College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences

405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294


The Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development Services provides advanced level preparation for counselors in various public and private human service and mental health settings as well as preparing individuals for the counselor education professoriate in colleges and universities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), GRE, two letters of recommendation, interview, supplemental form, preliminary written exam and resume or vita.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

After admission to the Ph.D. degree program, students plan a program of study with their respective faculty advisory committee.


Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Student Organizations

Chi Sigma Iota

Research Programs

In addition to dissertation, students are encouraged to collaborate with CHDS faculty on various research/scholarly endeavors.


Course Title Credits
CHDS 78128 Individual Appraisal in Counseling 3
  78538 Advanced Multicultural Counseling 3
  80090 Doctoral Residency Seminar in Counseling and Human Development Services 3
  80199 Dissertation I* 30
  88168 Advanced Counseling Theories 3
  88281 Research Seminar in Counseling and Human Development Services 3
  88284 Supervision of Counseling 3
  88292 Internship in Counseling and Human Development 3
  An advanced practicum: Individual, group or couples and family 3 or 4
EVAL 75510 Statistics I for Educational Services 3
  85515 Quantitative Research Designs and Application in Educational Services 3
  85516 Qualitative Research Designs and Application in Educational Services 3

Advanced Quantitative Research in Educational Services (3)
85518 Advanced Qualitative Research in Educational Services (3)
Additional Courses required relative to major area of study** 15

* Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for CHDS 80199 Dissertation I for a total of 30 hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter CHDS 80299 Dissertation II, each semester, including summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met. Students will be expected to be familiar with data entry and interpreting computer generated analysis.


** Students will also have 9 additional hours of CHDS specialization and 6 hours elective coursework; total 15. In designing these 15 hours, students may want to consult with their advisors about registering for additional courses that consider research design; for example: EVAL 78713 Multivariate Analysis In Educational Research; EVAL 78714 Factor Analysis In Educational Research; EVAL 78716 Educational Statistics II; EVAL 78728 Educational Statistics III; CHDS 70093 Q Methodology In Assessment And Research; and CHDS 50093 Using NUD*IST N6 in Qualitative Research.