The PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services (College Student Affairs Administration) provides you with the knowledge and skills to create and enhance the educational environments of colleges and universities.
Through research, coursework, discussion, and out-of-class experiences, this program helps foster intellectual, psychosocial, and professional growth. We prepare you to advance professionally as faculty members and college student affairs educators.
The PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services uses a theory-to-practice-to-theory philosophy and model. This design educates scholar-practitioners and professionals engaged in evidence-based work contributing new knowledge to the field.
Coursework readies students for advanced positions in college student affairs administration, faculty positions in graduate student affairs preparation programs, and positions in student affairs assessment, evaluation, and outcomes research.
Full-time students generally complete the PhD in three to four years. While the program admits both full-time and part-time students, all doctoral students meet weekly in a doctoral seminar.
In this program, you will:
Students entering the program with less than five years of full-time professional experience also complete an administrative internship.
Required coursework topics for the PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services includes:
The research and evaluation core includes:
You will also take part in elective courses and internships. These experiences lay the groundwork for completing your dissertation.
As a student in the PhD program, you benefit from the guidance and instruction of our faculty. Faculty members have broad experience in student affairs as practitioners, researchers, and teachers. Research and teaching interests include college environments, gender issues, identity development, assessment, poverty, supervised practice, and access and inclusion.
The PhD program is a community of practice. Students represent diverse backgrounds and while they take courses together, each is crafting the experience to best meet their needs as a student. Limited enrollment ensures students receive ample individual attention and meaningful personal interaction with faculty throughout the program. The intentional community of practice model helps students develop professional relationships with each other.
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.
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.
Full-time students can apply for graduate assistantships to receive both a tuition waiver and stipend.
In addition to pursuing an individual research agenda, you may be an active member of one or more research teams during your time in the program. You will co-teach a master's level student affairs administration course with a full-time faculty member. Some students pursue the Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching to gain additional experience.
As a student, you may join the University of Georgia Student Personnel Association, which coordinates social events, professional development, and community service.
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