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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (Ph.D.)

Learn the skills necessary to be a leader in the field of counseling

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.

Career Opportunities

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    Practitioner in health facilities

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    Private practitioner

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    Faculty educator in colleges and universities

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    Researcher

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    Practitioner in health facilities

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    Private practitioner

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    Faculty educator in colleges and universities

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    Researcher

Program Highlights

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    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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Experiential Learning Clinical Opportunities

The ability to serve children and families effectively is a crucial skill that must be developed with extensive training. This is a key competency that greatly affects graduate and doctoral counseling students’ future employment and effectiveness as professionals in the field. It is imperative that students gain hands-on supervised clinical experiences to complement what they are learning in their coursework. The on-site CARE Center is able to offer a wide variety of hands-on experiences for graduate and doctoral counseling students. Practicum and intern counselors-in-training are able to gain supervised clinical experiences in their specialty areas as mental health, marriage and family counseling/therapy, and school counseling. Graduate and doctoral counseling students receive supervised hands-on training to actual clients. This experience strengthens our students’ resume and portfolio and gives them an edge when applying for internships because they have direct experience.
Additionally, Barry University recognizes that true change, growth, and leadership come when our internal resources are leveraged for maximum impact. As a result, the CARE Center seeks grants that support the University’s mission to serve under resourced and underrepresented populations. Graduate and doctoral counseling students are to participate in these grant funded programs through the Family CARE Center. For example, College Reach-Out Program (CROP) 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.

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.

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Admissions Overview Are you a Transfer or an International Student?

You can apply to Barry whenever it’s convenient for you. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but it’s always better to apply sooner than later. You’re considered a transfer applicant when you have at least 12 college level credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Remember, you may have to apply separately to specific programs, so please review the academic requirements for your intended major.
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 note that general admission to Barry University does not guarantee acceptance into all academic majors. Also, 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.

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.

Financial Aid Programs Graduate Assistantships

Below are the costs associated with the different degrees and programs in the Adrian Dominican School of Education. (Effective July 2021)

Doctoral Programs

Counseling $1,125.00
Curriculum & Instruction $950.00
Organizational Leadership $850.00
Transformational School Leadership $850.00

Educational Specialist Programs

School Psychology $750.00
Educational Leadership $600.00
Montessori $600.00

Master's Programs

Counseling $800.00
School Psychology $750.00
Human Resource Development $600.00
Administration $600.00
Curriculum & Instruction $600.00
Bahamas Tuition Rate - Master's Programs $600.00
Montessori $600.00

Online Programs

Reading $419.00
Educational Leadership $419.00
Exceptional Student Education $419.00
Higher Education Administration $419.00
Curriculum & Instruction $419.00

Doctoral Programs

Counseling
$1,125.00
Curriculum & Instruction
$950.00
Organizational Leadership
$850.00
Transformational School Leadership
$850.00

Educational Specialist Programs

School Psychology
$750.00
Educational Leadership
$600.00
Montessori
$600.00

Master's Programs

Counseling
$800.00
School Psychology
$750.00
Human Resource Development
$600.00
Administration
$600.00
Curriculum & Instruction
$600.00
Bahamas Tuition Rate - Master's Programs
$600.00
Montessori
$600.00

Online Programs

Reading
$419.00
Educational Leadership
$419.00
Exceptional Student Education
$419.00
Higher Education Administration
$419.00
Curriculum & Instruction
$419.00
Please inquire about military, public service, and certificate program rates

School of Education Faculty

The odds are definitely in your favor at Barry University. Our student-faculty ratio is only 15:1. That means you get personal attention and guidance, and nobody gets lost in the shuffle. Even more impressive, over 80 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.

Current Students

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.

View all our Accreditations CACREP Program Outcomes Report

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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