Three counseling students presenting at a conference

‘I love working here. Over the years, I have learned that the heart of a great academic program is not its curriculum, but its people. And here at JMU, I am so lucky to be working with such compassionate, dynamic and dedicated students and faculty members.’

— Dr. Lennis Echterling, program coordinator

Average of 3-5 years to complete the program
100 percent licensure and employment rate




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Description of Program

The Ph.D. in counseling and supervision is a program committed to training master counselors, supervisors, educators, administrators, and scholars with expertise in the theory, research and practice of counseling. Our mission is to create dynamic and innovative leaders who will serve as catalysts for progress in addressing the tremendous counseling needs of individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

The students, faculty and staff members of this program vary in age, class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. Putting our principles into practice, these diverse individuals create a learning community in which students thrive personally, grow professionally and share a common commitment to counseling. We challenge our students to continue their life-long journeys of exploring possibilities, refining skills and maintaining their professional vitality throughout their careers as counselors. We encourage them to support one another in the formidable task of becoming leaders who advance the counseling profession through service, research, innovation, advocacy, and training.

Degree Offered

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Supervision (Ph.D.)

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