Admission Requirements

  • A completed application
  • A master's or higher degree (in counseling or closely related field) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Graduate GPA of at least 3.25 (A=4.0)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in all three areas: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical; scores must be from a test date within five years preceding application.
  • Three recent letters of professional recommendation (two must be from an academic instructor or advisor) regarding the prospective student's capacity to successfully complete a research-oriented doctoral program.
  • A writing sample (any academic, conceptual or research paper student has written for a class assignment or for publication). There is no length requirement
  • An interview with two faculty members

Admission requirements may be modified based on socioeconomic status, commitment to work in low-income neighborhoods, evidence of community or volunteer work, family educational background, first generation in college, overcoming hardships, and/or personal interviews. Students who have limited academic credentials may be required to take master's level courses that will not be applied towards the doctoral degree.

This program can accommodate only a limited number of students; therefore, there is a possibility of being denied admission even when all criteria are met. The Department of Counseling reserves the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to the doctoral program, if in the judgment of the faculty the student demonstrates unacceptable personal fitness to work in the counseling field with children, youth, and/or adults.

A two-step admission process is used for screening applicants:

  1. Faculty members will review the application materials and make an admissions recommendation. A personal interview may be required.
  2. The Doctoral Review Council approves or disapproves the application and makes its recommendation to the Dean of the School of Education.

Additional Admissions Requirements

Students will work with faculty with diverse theoretical orientations. Thus, rather than receiving training in only one theoretical orientation, students are exposed to a diverse base of knowledge, and are encouraged to formulate, and articulate clearly, their own counseling approach. At the time of doctoral study application, students must identify transfer courses. A maximum of six (6) post-master's credits may be transferred into the program. Courses must have been taken within seven (7) years of the date of application for admission and the grade earned must be a B or better. International credits to be transferred must be evaluated according to the Barry University policies. The course work listed below or equivalent is expected to have been completed by doctoral applicants. Students not meeting pre/co-requisites may be admitted into the doctoral program with deficiencies. A student admitted with deficiencies must meet with his/her doctoral advisor and outline the plan to take the pre/co-requisite course work.

  • CSL 596: Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling
  • CSL 600: Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • EDR 601: Research Methodology
  • CSL 605: Treatment of Substance Abuse in Counseling
  • CSL 610: Human Growth and Development
  • CSL 621: Psychological Measurements
  • CSL 629: Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling
  • CSL 650: Human Sexuality
  • CSL 652: Individual Counseling Procedures
  • CSL 653: Career Development and Life Work Planning
  • CSL 658: Group Counseling Procedures
  • CSL 680: Family Therapy
  • CSL 686: Counseling Theories and Intervention
  • CSL 687: Marriage and Family Systems
  • CSL 688: Marital Therapy
  • CSL 689: Issues in Marriage and Family
  • CSL 691: Personality Theories
  • CSL 694: Counseling Practicum
  • CSL 799: Counseling Internship

Application Deadlines

  • A complete application with all supporting documentation and test score needs to be submitted to the Admissions Office by April 1st for the applicant to be considered for entry into the Doctoral program in the fall semester.
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision by no later than May 15th.
  • A $250 deposit will be required by June 1 to accept an offer of admission.