Program Overview


The doctoral program in counseling has the goal of graduating doctoral-level ethical professionals with expert knowledge and skills in counseling, counselor education, supervision, leadership and advocacy, as well as conducting and evaluating research relevant to the profession.

The Doctoral Program fosters an inclusive academic atmosphere that encourages collaboration, respect, and sharing of ideas. In keeping with the importance of diversity and multiculturalism in counseling, the doctoral program expects students to accept social responsibility and places great value on the function of social justice in the curriculum and society. The Program is also committed to offering services to communities for various human, social, economic and environmental problems.

Working Professionals

Our program is oriented to meet the needs of working professionals. Classes are held once a week in the evenings Monday through Thursday. Our classes are also small, which gives you the opportunity to receive personal attention from Barry's distinguished faculty.


You will take several courses specifically aimed at the development of research skills. In addition to the experience accrued the research courses, research experience is also available and encouraged by working on faculty-led research teams. As you. The course work, assignments, practicum, internships and other academic experiences are intended to support the building of research skills as well as the formulation of a research agenda through which the development of your dissertation research project is facilitated.

Advanced Practicum and Internship Experiences

The doctoral program in counseling requires the completion of an advanced counseling practicum in the area of marital, couple and family counseling. It also requires the completion of three internships in the areas of supervision, teaching, as well as leadership and advocacy. All advanced practicum and internship experiences are done in-house through the professional opportunities offered by the master's in counseling and its various specialties, both in the main campus as well as our international cohorts in The Bahamas. In addition, the doctoral program in counseling counts with its own on-campus training clinic where doctoral students have a unique opportunity to further develop their counseling, supervision and research skills under the supervision of faculty.

On-Campus Training Clinic

The on-campus training clinic for the doctoral program is the CARE Center. The CARE Center offers a clinically rich learning environment for all of our graduate students. Our faculty provides live supervised training in counseling and clinical supervision for our doctoral students

Community Service

You may also participate in the College Reach-Out Program (CROP). The program offers services that focus on enhancing resources for students and families, while also addressing factors outside of school that impact a student's ability to pursue a college education.