CES graduates are prepared to teach the knowledge and skills required of professional counselors and to supervise beginning and advanced counselors, perform counseling interventions with individuals and groups, and teach human relations skills in colleges or universities.

They provide professional consultation with counseling practitioners and policymakers about counseling program development and evaluation. They also may perform research that contributes to knowledge about counseling, supervision, and counselor education.

  • January 1 (Fall semester)

Priority will be given to students applying by January 1 for fall admission. After this date, applications will be reviewed as they are received by the program faculty until the doctoral student cohort has been finalized. Applications are reviewed as they are received by the program faculty during the early Spring semester. We highly suggest applicants submit their materials by January 15th.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale. Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 expected.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • Face-to-face interview (telephone interviews are acceptable in certain cases). Interviews for fall admission will take place on Friday, February 2, 2018. Applicants will be notified in advance if they have an interview that day.

No one criterion is used in selecting candidates. All interested persons are encouraged to apply. In reviewing applications, the faculty considers the relevant qualifications of candidates across all required areas.

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • A personal statement discussing your research interests and professional goals.
  • A writing sample
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Contacts

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Additional Information

Through The University of Iowa's nationally recognized programs, students master a body of knowledge and ultimately contribute to it through their own scholarship and research. Iowa's graduate students work closely with a faculty of scholars who are committed to lives of learning. Together, faculty and students work in an atmosphere of academic freedom and intellectual verve that stimulates creative and innovative thinking. Iowa's graduate programs have both depth and breadth. Iowa's graduate students actively participate in the life of a large and multifaceted University community. They receive specialized attention within their own disciplines while they exchange ideas with people from throughout the University's 10 colleges and more than 90 degree programs.

Curriculum Overview

The Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision requires 96 s.h. of graduate credit. Students complete required courses in counseling and in research tools and applications, an optional emphasis area, and a minor outside the department. They also take comprehensive examinations and complete a dissertation.

Most students complete their course work in three years and take a fourth year to complete the dissertation. Students who have not completed a master's degree program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) may need to remedy deficiencies by taking appropriate master's-level course work.

Complete Ph.D. program requirements

Employment Opportunities
  • Counselors
  • Counselor educators and program developers
  • Counselor supervisors
  • Advanced counseling practitioners and consultants
  • Researchers, evaluators, professors, and leaders in academic and clinical settings

Note: The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) are the professional organizations most related to program activities.

Application Deadlines
  • January 1 (Fall semester)

Priority will be given to students applying by January 1 for fall admission. After this date, applications will be reviewed as they are received by the program faculty until the doctoral student cohort has been finalized. Applications are reviewed as they are received by the program faculty during the early Spring semester. We highly suggest applicants submit their materials by January 15th.

Application Questions? Contact: Sue ClineOffice of Student Services, 319-335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.