Adams State University and the Department of Counselor Education welcomes your application for admission into our online 66 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 in-person: (1) all scheduled selection interviews; (2) new student orientation; (3) and summer residencies. Failure to attend will result in program dismissal.

The tuition rate for this program is $580 (subject to change every July) USD per credit hour plus any additional student fees and books (fees do NOT include expenses related to travel and required on-campus attendance).

Deadlines & Cohort Information

Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program timeline of important dates for 2019-2020:

  • December 2, 2019: Deadline for all application materials to be verified
  • December 13, 2019: Interview invitations distributed
  • January 30, 2020: On-campus interviews*
  • February 17, 2020: Admission decision notifications distributed
  • May 27 & 28, 2020: On-campus new Ph.D. student orientation*
  • August 2020: Fall 2020 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 2020 online application

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

3. Submit ALL supplemental admission documents online:

These documents include:

  • A letter of intent answering:
  1. Why are you pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision?
  2. What professional experience do you have?
  3. What leadership experience do you have?
  4. What are your plans for applying your education following graduation?
  • Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) Reference Request Forms 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 for applications completed July 1, 2019, and after. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.

Download the Reference Request Form

4. Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test score report from ETS with an earned score in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, AND a 3.5 or higher on Analytical Writing section.

GRE scores need to be no more than 5 years old from the date of application to program.

5. 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 an approved international credential evaluator (link to graduate international website once created). 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

6. 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 admission committee will make the final decision regarding admission. This decision will include at a minimum: (1) academic aptitude for doctoral-level study; (2) previous professional experiences; (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.
  • The processing of applications can take several weeks depending on receipt of official transcripts and other required application materials.
  • Doctoral 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.
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