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Overview

Join a nationally-ranked, CACREP-accredited program with the PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services 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.

Program Highlights

  1. Part-time program at the UGA Gwinnett Campus
  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

Deadline to Apply

December 1, 2017

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Faculty and Curriculum

The PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services at the UGA Gwinnett Campus is a part-time PhD program geared toward school counselors, community and mental health counselors, and student affairs professionals.

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 PhD, you will have the opportunity to develop relationships with other students of diverse academic and professional backgrounds.

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.

Tuition rates

Meet Your Advisor

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.

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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 PhD newsletter.

Book a campus visit

See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

Requirements

  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program

Requirements

The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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