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Admission and Application

It is expected that applicants will have completed a master's degree in counseling or a related field that includes eight (8) core areas of concentration required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The eight areas are: Professional Identity, Social and Cultural Diversity, Human Growth and Development, Career Development, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Assessment, and Research and Program Evaluation. Applicants who have not graduated from a CACREP master's program, and who have not completed courses in the CACREP 8 core areas, or who have a master's in psychology, social work, or a related field are to mail or e-mail an unofficial copy of their master's transcript to the Doctoral Director, Dr. Jered Kolbert at koblertj@duq.edu. He will review your transcript to identify what additional coursework you would need to satisfy this CACREP requirement.

Applicants should have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.25 or better for all relevant graduate work completed.

Students must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are one factor in the admissions decision; however, an applicant's overall academic record will be considered. You can register for the GRE here.

Application & Procedures

The application deadline to be considered for the fall semester cohort is January 10th. Applications may be accepted beyond this date if there remain openings in the doctoral program.

  1. Complete the University Online Application.  If you are an international student, please visit the Office of International Programs for their application and procedures.
  2. Complete the Online Doctoral Application
  3. E-mail the Supervisor’s Evaluation and Recommendation to a former or current supervisor
  4. E-mail the Academic/Professional Evaluation and Recommendation to  two professionals familiar with you, your academic potential, or work experience. One (1) of the recommendation forms may be completed by a Duquesne counseling faculty member if the doctoral applicant is a graduate of Duquesne's masters' programs in counseling.  If you cannot access some of these links, such as the Doctoral Online Application, the Supervisor's Evaluation form, or the Academic/Professional Evaluation form, we recommend that you try using an alternative browser such as Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome, and obviously please ask your recommenders to do so as well. If you continue to have problems, please contact Mrs. Sugrhue at sughrueb@duq.edu.
  5. Mail official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate study to:

    Mrs. Beverly Sughrue
    Counseling Program Assistant
    Duquesne University
    School of Education
    600 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA  15282
  6. Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing sections) (within past 5 years) to Duquesne University (Subject tests are not required). The GRE code for Duquesne University is 2196. Information on registering and submitting previous GRE scores can be found at the ETS website. Applicants in the Pittsburgh area often take the GRE at the University of Pittsburgh.
  7. Duquesne University requires submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores for all non-native English speaking applicants. Additionally, the English as a Second Language Program conducts a review of each matriculated student upon arrival to determine individual needs for English instruction to support success in his/her chosen degree program.

    The University requires the following minimum scores in each area to be considered for admission.

    TOEFL: a minimum of 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT) with no sub-score less than 17, or 550 on the paper-based test

    IELTS: a minimum of 6.5 with no sub-score less than those listed for each area

    Minimum required subscores:
    TOEFL    IELTS  
    Reading 17 6.5
    Writing 17 5.5
    Speaking           17 5.5
    Listening   17 6.0
    Scores for the TOEFL and the IELTS are to be submitted to:

    Mrs. Beverly Sughrue
    Counseling Program Assistant
    Duquesne University
    School of Education
    600 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA  15282

To check the status of an application, please contact the Counseling Program Assistant, Mrs. Beverly Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu / 412-396-1194.

Selected applicants will be invited to interview during one of several available dates in February.

Offers of admission will be made by March 15th.

All cohort members are required to participate in an orientation program prior to the initial fall semester of training.

For additional information about the Program or the application process, please contact the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education & Supervision, Dr. Jered Kolbert, at kolbertj@duq.edu or (412) 396-4471.