Counseling and Supervision (Ph.D.) Admission Requirements
In addition to the University’s admissions requirements:
Master’s degree in counseling from an accredited college or university, preferably CACREP accredited
Students with a closely related master’s degree, such as College Counseling, College Student Affairs, School Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and extensive experience in counseling or college student affairs may be considered for admission with an approved plan for completing prerequisite courses.*
- Recommended 3.5 cumulative GPA for the master’s degree
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- A minimum of 2 years full-time counseling experience after the master’s degree in counseling was granted, 5-10 years preferred
- Professional counselor identity and active participation in counseling associations
- Current copy of LAC or LPC license or evidence of equivalent license from another state
- Three letters of recommendation by (a) supervisor, (b) faculty member, and (c) another supervisor, faculty member or professional
- Comprehensive current professional résumé/CV
- Personal statement of four to eight pages (use APA style, written in first person) that presents your education, philosophy, and personal and professional development as a counselor, supervisor or college student affairs professional; your reasons and goals for applying to this program at Kean University; and your plans upon completion of the doctoral degree
- Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports
*MA Level Content Requirements
Applicants are required to have completed all master’s level coursework and demonstrate foundational knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the 8 core areas for accreditation established by CACREP for the 60-credit Master’s Degree in Counseling, Professional Counseling Identity and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Entry Level Specialty Area.
Applicants with exceptional academic work and/or professional experience or accomplishments who lack some required CACREP content areas may be considered for admission. CACREP accreditation standards require that any missing content can be completed before or concurrently with initial doctoral-level counselor education coursework.” (CACREP, 2016, p. 33). Applicants must submit a plan to complete any required content area that must be approved and/or modified before the end of the first semester by the Program Coordinator and Doctoral Advisor. Prerequisite MA level courses and content for the doctoral program are listed in the following chart.
Professional Counselor Licensure
A professional counseling license is required of doctoral students. Doctoral students who do not hold a New Jersey license as Associate Counselor or Professional Counselor must complete academic and licensure requirements, receive a passing score on the National Counselor Examination, and obtain licensure prior to taking the comprehensive examination. Students with a specialization in clinical mental health counseling or trauma counseling are required to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Examination (NCMHE).