Admission, Selection, and Advisement for Doctoral Program

The CES doctoral program admits domestic and international students once per year via a full faculty vote. Each year, the deadline for receipt of completed application materials is February 1st. Both KSU College of Education, Health, and Human Services requirements and CES Program requirements must be met for admission.  Eligibility requirements include a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and master’s degree from a CACREP accredited or CACREP equivalent university (which is 60 credit hours). While it may be possible to be admitted with a counseling degree from a non-accredited university, other qualifications such as work experience, professional achievements, letters of reference, interviews, etc., then become increasingly significant in the determination of admission. Additional CES application procedures include:

  • Applicants complete a data form supplementary to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services forms.
  • The Doctoral Program Coordinator conducts a preliminary interview with applicants – either in person or virtually. During this time applicants will receive the questions for the Preliminary Written Exam. Applicants will also interview with faculty of the CES doctoral program at our group doctoral interview day held the second Friday in February.
  • All faculty review doctoral application materials. In reviewing materials and interviewing applicants the faculty assess the applicants with regard to: (a) academic aptitude for doctoral level study; (b) previous professional experience; (c) fitness for the profession – including self awareness and emotional stability; (d) oral and written communication skills; (e) cultural sensitivity and awareness; and (f) potential for scholarship, professional leadership and advocacy. NOTE: It is further desired that students have: Technological competence and computer literacy include using software to develop web pages, presentations, and professional papers; using audiovisual equipment such as video recorders and playback units; using computerized testing programs; using e-mail; helping clients search for various types of counseling-related information via the internet; being able to subscribe and participate in and sign off counseling related listservs; and using the internet for continuing education opportunities in counseling (ACES Technology Interest Network, 1999).

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Admitted students are assigned two faculty advisors who will work with them in the selection of an advisory committee to assist in and oversee each student's course of study. Students are expected to form an advisory committee and file a prospectus by the end of their second semester of study.