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PhD in Education (Counselor Education and Supervision-Gwinnett Campus only)

Join a nationally-ranked, CACREP-accredited program with the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the UGA Gwinnett Campus.

Social justice and multicultural values guide our degree in counselor education and supervision. We have designed the program with a flexible schedule ideal for full-time school counselors, mental health counselors, and student affairs professionals.


  1. Evening Classes at Gwinnett Campus to Accomodate most work schedules
  2. Department nationally ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report
  3. CACREP-accredited program with a strong multicultural and social justice emphasis
  4. Uses a cohort model to help students develop academic relationships
  5. Graduates find rewarding careers in academia, community, and P-16 settings

Video: UGA Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program

Annual Report

The 2022-23 academic year was another exciting year for the doctoral program. In the spring of 2023, the program admitted a new cohort of ten students who begin the program in June of 2023. As of the fall of 2022, there were 33 students in the PhD program, including 25 who were actively taking courses and 8 students who were completing dissertation, having completed the curriculum. Additionally, nine student passed comprehensive exams and thus became doctoral candidates, while seven students successfully defended their dissertations during the 2022 -23 academic year. More details on admissions, graduation, and student progress follows.

Annual Report 2022-23 (PDF)


The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the UGA Gwinnett Campus is geared toward school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, and college counselors.

As a participant, you will have the chance to enhance your skills and content knowledge as well as gain opportunities for professional advancement.

The doctoral program focuses on:

  • Training you to become a “scholar-advocate-practitioner” in counseling
  • Preparing you to address issues of social justice in P-12 and higher education settings
  • Helping you to become more effective in advocacy and implementing systemic change

During your first year of coursework, the department will assign you an individual faculty advisor who complements your research and professional interests. During the second Summer, you will select major professors and committee members to direct your program of study and your dissertation.

Your coursework may include:

  • Supervised counselor education and supervision practice, such as teaching and clinical experiences
  • Practicum and internship experiences tailored to your interests
  • A selection of courses that allows further specialization

Through your coursework, practicum, internship, and research experiences, you will work closely with nationally and internationally renowned faculty mentors. Their varied academic interests will provide perspective in your dissertation research.

The program at the UGA Gwinnett Campus offers a cohort model. As you progress in the Ph.D., you will have the opportunity to develop relationships with other students of diverse academic and professional backgrounds.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .


How to Apply

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the Ph.D. in Education (Counselor Education and Supervision-Gwinnett Campus only)

The GRE is not required for admission.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Graduate School application
  • TOEFL or IELTS Applicants from non-English speaking country only
  • Official transcripts Native language and English for international applicants
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vita/Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Admission is based on the following:

  • Undergraduate and graduate academic achievement
  • References
  • Professional contributions to the field
  • Quality and extent of professional work experience
  • Personal goal compatibility with program goals
  • Potential for success as a professional scholar/practitioner
  • Demonstrated commitment to the field

Applicants must have completed a master’s degree from accredited universities.

Applications to the program are due by December 1st each year.

Deadline To Apply

December 1

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Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

Meet the Faculty

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

You will proceed through the program within a cohort. These relationships offer working professionals additional support and an ongoing connection to their studies.

Students have opportunities for research, teaching, and service in counselor education and supervision.

Contribute your expertise to youth organizations such as Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and Empowered Youth Programs. Stay connected to the graduate community with our Ph.D. newsletter.


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