Guidance and Psychological Services: Counselor Education (PhD)


The graduate program leading to the doctor of philosophy degree in guidance and psychological services with a specialization in counselor education is designed to prepare selected persons for positions of leadership in research, teaching, counselor education, and school and clinical counseling services. Admission and retention are based upon appropriateness of educational and career goals, available positions in the program, interpersonal skills and sensitivity, communication ability, and academic potential and performance. Meeting minimum standards alone does not guarantee either admission or retention. A minimum of 72 hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree is required for graduation from the program, in addition to the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation as prescribed in the regulations of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

A student must satisfy all general regulations of the Bayh College of Education and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies as stated elsewhere in the Catalog. An additional admission criterion for the doctorate in guidance and psychological services with a specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision requires the applicant to have a grade point average of 3.5 or above on all graduate work attempted.

It must not be assumed that meeting minimal standards guarantees admission to the program. The admissions committee must have the following before an admission decision will be considered:

  • Completed application forms required by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and the specific departmental program.
  • Letters of recommendation from at least three persons who know the prospective student in an academic or professional capacity.
  • One official transcript from each school at which any undergraduate or graduate work has been done.
  • For the Counselor Education Specialization all application materials must be received prior to December 15 for fall admission.
  • Personal statement and/or writing sample
  • Professional counseling license, either in school, clinical mental health, marriage and family therapy, or related field or work experience is preferred.

The admissions committee may require the applicant to appear for a personal interview and to present evidence of his or her ability to write acceptable prose under controlled conditions.

For further information, please see our program.

Required Courses

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits. On-campus degree-seeking students may be eligible for special scholarships for residents of Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, and the Midwest Consortium.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

Department of Applied Clinical and Educational Sciences
College of Education
Indiana State University
(812) 237-2870


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.