Application Deadline

The application will open September 1. January 7th is the deadline for consideration with interviews. Interviews will follow at the end of January or beginning of February. 

Program Begins



Completion of 60 credit hours of graduate counseling coursework necessary for licensure as a professional counselor or school counselor. If the advanced degree program involved only 48 credit hours, applicants need to complete 12 additional credit hours to meet licensure requirements. Candidates must submit official transcripts documenting the completion of both undergraduate and graduate degrees, including any supplementary courses to become an LPC or licensed school counselor. A history of academic success. The graduate transcripts must demonstrate readiness to succeed in doctoral level coursework.

Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program

Completion of an advanced degree (M.A., M.S. or Ed.S) from an entry-level CACREP-accredited graduate counseling program. Transcripts should reflect the academic program and credits earned. If transcripts do not reflect CACREP accreditation status, please include that in your cover letter.

  • Personal statement - Candidates must offer a personal statement of at least 2,000 words describing themselves and their specific interests in counseling. They are encouraged to go beyond the grades, honors, and work record that they have already provided on the resume. Instead, they are invited to share the personal qualities and life experiences that have contributed to their potential to become successful doctoral students in counseling. Finally, they should describe the professional goals and scholarly interests they plan to pursue by completing doctoral training.
  • Resume - Candidates should submit a resume detailing their counseling-related training, work experiences, and scholarship.
  • Professional writing sample - Application materials must include an academic term paper, published article, conference paper, or manuscript related to the field of counseling. The sample should be at least 10 pages and written in APA format.
  • Personal interview - We participate in an interview with the top applicants sometime during the end of January or beginning of February. Please be prepared to reserve these dates in your schedule so that you can attend if invited. 
  • Three letters of recommendation - Three individuals must complete and submit reference forms. At least one individual should be well acquainted with the candidate's academic potential. At least one person should be a supervisor or trainer who can discuss in detail the applicant's counseling skills.
  • Background checks - While we do not require background checks as part of our admissions process, it is imperative for prospective students to understand that clinical placement sites may require a background check. Depending on the information appearing on the criminal history record, it is possible that the student may not be able to participate in a clinical site internship, which could prevent progression in the program. Students are welcome to seek placement at alternative sites; however, it is possible that the program completion would be in jeopardy if all fieldwork cannot be completed.


Online Application
International Applicants

The Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision is a low residency/hybrid program. The program currently does not meet the in-person requirements needed for an international student visa.

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