Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (Ph.D.)

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Program Overview Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (Ph.D.)

Through the Ph.D. in Counseling program, you will become an ethical professional with expert knowledge and skills in counseling, counselor education, supervision, and leadership and advocacy. You also will conduct and evaluate 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 also is committed to offering services to communities for various human, social, economic and environmental problems. The Ph.D. in Counseling program at Barry University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The CACREP accreditation is the premiere national accreditation for Counseling programs that signifies that the accredited program meets the highest training standards of the counseling profession. Barry University's Ph.D. in Counseling program was the first doctoral program to be CACREP accredited in South Florida.

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The Counseling doctoral program provides you with the expert knowledge you need for counseling theory and practice.

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Program Highlights

  • Program Flexibility

    Geared Towards Professionals

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

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    Research Development

    In addition to the experience accrued through the research courses, you can gain experience by working on faculty-led research teams. You also will formulate a research agenda for your dissertation.

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    Practicum and Internships

    The doctoral program requires the completion of an advanced counseling practicum in marital, couple, and family counseling. It also requires the completion of three internships in the areas of supervision, teaching, and leadership and advocacy.

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    Training Clinic

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

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    Community Service

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

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    Flexible Program Delivery

    The Doctoral program in Counseling can be completed in-person, online synchronous, or in a hybrid format. Students can attend classes on campus (in person), connect to their campus classes virtualy via videoconference (online synchronous), or a combination of both in-person and online synchronous (hybrid).


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  • Congratulations Dr.Vera! January 31, 2023

    Dr. George Vera, Associate Professor in the Counseling Unit, ADSOE-LHD, is the newly Chair-elected (2023-2024) of the International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation in School-Based Counseling (ISPRESC), one of the top worldwide counseling organizations.

  • FCA Welcomes President Elect Dr. Machuca October 17, 2022

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Experiential Learning Clinical Opportunities

Doctoral students complete their advanced clinical and supervision training in the CARE Center, our on-campus counseling training facility. At the CARE center, doctoral students have the opportunity of enhancing their knowledge and skills in marital, couple and family counseling and supervision. 

The CARE Center opperates as an in-person as well as telemental health counseling facility, and provides doctoral students the unique opportunity to provide marital, couple and family counseling services, as well as to develop supervision skills, while under the live supervision of a faculty supervisor. The CARE Center also offers doctoral students the opportunity to conduct research and to participate in grant funded programs such as the College Reach Out Program

Admissions Overview Getting Started

Congratulations on taking the first step to pursue your passion, advance your career, and make a difference in your community. We are committed to assist each student through the admission process.

Whether you transition straight from undergraduate studies to a graduate program or have been out of school for some time, we offer a welcoming and professional environment for graduate study.

With small class sizes, there is a considerable amount of personalized attention from your faculty and opportunities to build strong relationships with fellow classmates.

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Start your application today. In just a few years, you'll graduate with a degree from a highly-respected, affordable university.

Admissions Overview International Student FAQs

If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

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Financial Aid Affordable for you.

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with small class sizes, personalized attention, and academic excellence. Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

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Cost of Attendance Graduate Assistantships

Below are the costs associated with the different degrees and programs in the Adrian Dominican School of Education, Leadership, and Human Development.

  • Counseling

    • $950.00

    Curriculum & Instruction

    • $950.00

    Organizational Leadership

    • $950.00
  • School Psychology

    • $775.00

    Educational Leadership

    • $620.00

    Montessori Education

    • $620.00
  • Counseling

    • $850.00

    School Psychology

    • $775.00

    Human Resource Development

    • $620.00

    Educational Leadership

    • $620.00

    Leadership and Innovation

    • $620.00

    Curriculum & Instruction

    • $620.00

    Bahamas Tuition Rate - Master's Programs

    • $600.00

    Montessori Education

    • $620.00

    Montessori Early Childhood Certificate

    • $415.00

    Montessori Secondary Certificate

    • $465.00

    Adult Literacy Certificate

    • $515.00

    Autism Certificate

    • $515.00
Please inquire about military, public service, and certificate program rates

School of Education, Leadership, and Human Development Faculty

The odds are definitely in your favor at Barry University. Our student-faculty ratio is only 12:1. That means you get personal attention and guidance, and nobody gets lost in the shuffle. Even more impressive, 100 percent of our faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree available in their field of expertise.

We seek out professors who are not only great teachers, but who love what they do. Their passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration are contagious, and there's no better way to keep young minds excited about learning and discovering. Beyond each teacher's area of expertise, our faculty is committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. Through education, everyone can have a voice.

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School of Education Student and Professional Organizations

Barry University's School of Education sponsors and is involved in several student organizations and national professional organizations that are designed to assist you in your professional development.

Student Organizations can be a powerful way for students to enhance, enrich, network and develop their leadership skills while making valuable community contributions.

Counseling Programs Accreditation

The PhD in Counseling Program and the Master of Science (MS) in Counseling Programs in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marital, Couple and Family Counseling, and School Counseling specializations are nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Accreditation is a process whereby an educational institution (and/or a program within an educational institution) is assessed for educational quality based on already developed standards. Accreditation also serves as a statement to the public that an institution and/or its programs are committed to educational quality.

Our current in-person and online MS and Doctoral programs are CACREP accredited. As of March 1, 2023, the Counseling program obtained CACREP accreditation of our newly developed digitally delivered pathway for the following counseling specialty areas and program at Barry University: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S. degree); Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M.S. degree); School Counseling (M.S. degree); and Counseling Education and Supervision (Ph.D. degree). The CACREP Board approved the substantive change without conditions. The accreditation for these specialty areas and the doctoral program now includes the fully digitally delivered pathway for program completion. The new digital delivery pathway includes digital synchronous learning and asynchronous learning options for students. As a CACREP accredited institution, we are committed to ensuring that the content and quality of all our Counselor preparation programs meet the standards set by the profession.

View all our Accreditations CACREP Annual Program Reports

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is the premier national accreditation for Counseling Programs and signifies that the accredited program meets the highest standards of the counseling profession.

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