Adams State University and the Department of Counselor Education welcomes your application for admission into our online 62 credit hour Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision program.

Students desiring to enroll in a Ph.D. degree program in the Department of Counselor Education must have a master’s degree from a CACREP accredited institution and be license eligible in their state of residence OR a master’s degree in counseling, one year of full-time post-master’s degree counseling experience, and graduate course work curriculum requirements in all of the CACREP common core areas. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher from completed master’s degree.

Admission to the Counselor Education doctoral program is competitive, but does not guarantee graduation or state specific licensure. Specifically, applicants and admitted students are REQUIRED to attend: (1) selected interviews; (2) new student orientation; (3) and summer residencies. Failure to attend will result in program dismissal.

The current tuition and fee rate for this program for 2021-2022 is $592.80 (subject to change every July) per credit hour plus any additional student fees and books (fees do NOT include expenses related to travel and required on-campus attendance).

Virtual Open Houses

Join us to learn more and ask questions about our Fall 2022 Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program by attending one of our virtual open houses.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 10am & 6pm MST via Zoom:

Deadlines & Cohort Information

Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program timeline of important dates for 2021-2022:

  • August 3, 2021: Fall 2022 application opens
  • December 2, 2021: Deadline for all application materials to be verified
  • December 13, 2021: Interview invitations distributed
  • February 2, 2022: On-campus interviews*
  • February 10, 2022: Admission decision notifications distributed
  • June 1-2, 2022: On-campus new Ph.D. student orientation*
  • August 22, 2022: Fall 2022 semester starts

*In-person attendance required

Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision online cohorts begin only every Fall semester.

In addition to the application deadlines for the doctoral program, separate deadlines exist for financial aid/student loans:

Required Admission Documents

A candidate who is interested in enrolling at Adams State University to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision must:

1. Complete the Fall 2022 online application

2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee during the online application process.

3. Submit ALL supplemental admission documents online via the application Self Service Center. These documents include:

Letter of Intent

The Department of Counselor Education at ASU is not requiring Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test scores for applicants applying for Fall 2022. In lieu of the GRE, applicants’ Letter of Intent will be reviewed and considered as a writing sample to demonstrate written communication skills and potential aptitude for academic writing. The Letter of Intent should address the following five questions specifically within 2-3 pages:

1. Why are you pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision?
2. What professional experiences do you have related to the counseling profession?
3. What leadership experience do you have that would make you a successful candidate for a doctoral program?
4. What are your professional plans with a doctorate, post-graduation?
5. What experiences have you had in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Applicants should be aware that the admission committee will consider a number of factors when making admission decisions. This decision will include at a minimum: (1) academic aptitude for doctoral-level study; (2) previous professional experience; (3) fitness for the profession, including self-awareness and emotional stability; (4) oral and written communication skills, and (5) potential for scholarship, professional leadership, and advocacy.

Three (3) Reference Request Forms

Forms need to be from associates who can attest to the applicant’s abilities for successful doctoral study, academic strengths, and potential. Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation form during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.

Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae

4. Send ALL (undergraduate and graduate) official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES approved international credential evaluation agency. Please have all official transcripts sent directly from the institutions to:  (for electronic official transcripts)


Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

5. Download and read the latest:

Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision Student Handbook


  • Additional information may be requested by the Department of Counselor Education before an admission decision can be determined.
  • The processing of applications can take several weeks depending on receipt of official transcripts and other required application materials.
  • Students who have earned their master’s degree from CACREP accredited program will be assumed to have entry level knowledge in core and major course areas. Those not graduating from a CACREP accredited program will have their transcripts evaluated by a faculty advisor to determine CACREP core knowledge base deficiencies. A remediation plan of study will be developed and approved by the faculty as necessary.
  • Admission is not possible at this time for international students.
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