Counseling and Personnel Services (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy of Education Counseling and Personnel Services (CPSPHD)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Counseling & Human Development
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/education/degrees/phd-cps

Program Information

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Personnel Services encompasses four specialization areas:

  • College Student Personnel
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation

The doctoral degree is granted in recognition of scholarly proficiency and distinctive achievement in a specific field/discipline.  All candidates for a doctoral degree in the College of Education and Human Development must successfully complete qualifying exams and a dissertation/professional portfolio that clearly indicates the candidate has mastered and can exhibit/articulate the content knowledge, skills and dispositions specific to their discipline, and can utilize appropriate research methodologies to contribute to the body of knowledge in their field.

Distinctive Characteristics of Doctoral Programs in the College of Education and Human Development
 

Social Justice and Equity
Doctoral students in our program build experience and expertise in the issues of social justice and equity which aligns with our metropolitan mission and focus on student achievement.

Leadership
Our doctoral students gain expertise in supervising and leading others to achieve organizational goals and missions, managing complex systems, addressing administrative issues and procedures, conducting research to enhance leadership and teaching others about the art of organizational leadership.

Practical Experience
The doctoral program contains practicums, internships, or embedded field experience that aligns with program and career goals. These mentored experiences may include teaching, research, administration or other appropriate areas.

Scholarship/Research
An emphasis on scholarship includes experience and mentorship in ethics, publications, presentation, grantsmanship, and other forms of creative activity. The research component is characterized by the development of vertical research teams: senior faculty, junior faculty, doctoral students, master's students, and in some programs, undergraduate students, working together on research projects and research areas. These may be bolstered by partnerships with local school districts, businesses, or community agencies.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.  Additional requirements are listed below:

  • A master's degree, or its equivalent in a related field, is typically required. However, highly motivated applicants with a strong undergraduate record and a Bachelors degree may also be considered for admission.  Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities and potential.
  • Test scores from the Graduate Record Exam General Test -- Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing -- are required.  
    Please note: When submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students who completed a degree outside the United States from countries in which English is not the native language.  Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
  • A statement of professional goals appropriate to pursuing a PhD in the specific area of specialization is required.  Applicants should submit a personal statement of approximately 1,500 words outlining their professional goals and how their research and professional interests might align with those of faculty in the department.
  • An updated curriculum vitae (CV) or resume

Each application will be evaluated to determine the strength of all components (GRE, undergraduate and graduate GPAs, letters of recommendation, professional goal statement, and work experience) as predictors of successful completion of the program.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the website of the specialization area of interest for further information about suggested GPA and GRE score requirements, application deadlines, and other specific information related to that specialization area.

  • College Student Personnel
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Personnel Services encompasses four specialization areas. For specific coursework, see Specialization Requirements section.

  • College Student Personnel
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation

All ECPY doctoral programs require courses in the following areas:

Specialty -- Specialty courses are designed to prepare the student for work within their selected professional field.

Research Methodology -- The research component prepares students to examine research within the professional area as well as contribute to the existing research.

Electives -- Elective courses are selected in concert with advisor and program committee with consideration to the student's background, interests, and professional goals.

Each doctoral program will have additional requirements related to their program of study.

All candidates for a doctoral degree must successfully complete qualifying exams and a dissertation/professional portfolio that clearly indicates the candidate has mastered and can exhibit/articulate the content knowledge, skills and dispositions specific to their discipline, and can utilize appropriate research methodologies to contribute to the body of knowledge in their field.

Specialization Requirements

Specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision

Master's Degree prerequisite + 60 credit hours minimum: The Student and Committee must develop courses, programs and experiences that clearly identify and address the specific themes of Leadership, Scholarship, Social Justice and Equity. These areas of emphasis must have descriptive competencies that the student should attain and the Committee can assess.

Specialty Components 133
Generally includes:
Counselor Supervision
Doctoral Seminar in Educational and Counseling Psychology (Advanced Counseling and Consultation)
Advanced Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Counselor Education Seminar: Teaching and Ethics in Counselor Education
Advanced Practicum in Counseling
Doctoral Internship
Specialty Electives
Research Methodology 227
Applied Statistics (or equivalent required)
Intermediate Applied Statistics
Multivariate Educational Statistics
Research Electives (e.g., Field Survey Research, additional qualitative methodologies and /or quantitative methodologies) 3
Dissertation/Portfolio Research (12 hours)
Minimum Total Hours60

Specialization in Counseling Psychology

The Student and Committee must develop courses, programs and experiences that clearly identify and address the specific themes of Leadership, Scholarship, Social Justice and Equity. These areas of emphasis must have descriptive competencies that the student should attain and the Committee can assess.

Specialty Components *60
Counseling Core (12 hours)
Foundations (18 hours)
Clinical Field Experience (30 hours)
Research Methodology27
Intermediate Applied Statistics (or equivalent)
Applied Multiple Regression (or equivalent)
Multivariate Educational Statistics (or equivalent) **
Evaluation and Measurement in Education (or equivalent)
Doctoral Seminar in Educational and Counseling Psychology (Advanced Psychotherapy Research and Practice, or equivalent)
Advanced Research Design (or equivalent)
Supervised Research in Educational and Counseling Psychology
Dissertation Research
Elective Component *21
Counseling Psychology Specialty
Minimum Total Hours108

Specialization in College Student Personnel

The Student and Committee must develop courses, programs, and experiences that clearly identify and address the specific themes of Leadership, Scholarship, Social Justice and Equity. These areas of emphasis must have descriptive competencies that the student should attain and the Committee can assess.

Specialty Components39
Selected with Program Committee approval
Introduction to Student Personnel Work
Student Affairs Programs, Policies, and Practices
College Student Sub-Cultures
Program Development & Evaluation in Student Affairs
Doctoral Seminar in Educational and Counseling Psychology
Counseling Core (6 hours)
Helping Skills for Student Affairs Professionals
Career Counseling
Foundations (9 hours)
Theories of College Student Development
Multicultural and Diversity Issues
The Organization and Administration of Higher Educational Institutions
Internship/Practicum/Field Experience (9 hours)
Internship in College Student Personnel Services
Doctoral Internship
Research Methodology30
Selected with Program Committee Approval
Applied Statistics
One additional advisor-approved statistical analysis course
One additional advisor-approved research methods course
Two additional advisor-approved research courses
Advanced Research Design
Doctoral Research
Elective Component24
Chosen in concert with advisor and Program Committee with consideration to the student's background, interests, and professional goals
Minimum Total Hours93

Specialization in Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation 

The Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation (EPME) specialization requires a minimum of 90 graduate credit hours distributed in the following areas of study: specialty components , research methodology, and electives. Equivalent courses taken in a master's program may be substituted for required courses with advisor and program committee approval.

At least 45 of the 90 hours must be earned at UofL. These 45 hours include 18 credit hours fulfilling residency and 12 credit hours required for dissertation research.

The Student and Committee must develop courses, programs and experiences that clearly identify and address the specific themes of Leadership, Scholarship, Social Justice and Equity. These areas of emphasis must have descriptive competencies that the student should attain and the Committee can assess.

Specialty Components15
EPME Core (all required)
Human Development
Doctoral Professional Seminar in Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation
Social Ecology & Social Behavior
Advanced Issues in Human Development
Biological Bases of Behavior
Research Methodology36-42
Selected with Program Committee Approval (36 credit hours minimum, 42 credit hours maximum)
Intermediate Applied Statistics
Applied Multiple Regression
Multivariate Educational Statistics
Qualitative Field Research Methods
Systematic Reviewing and Meta-Analysis
Psychometrics and Affective Instrument Development
Secondary Data Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling
Hierarchical Linear Modeling
Advanced Research Design
Doctoral Research
Electives39
Selected with Program Committee Approval
Advanced Databases
Data Mining
Evaluation and Measurement in Education
Learning Systems: Theory and Practice
Adolescence
Doctoral Seminar in Educational and Counseling Psychology 1
Internship in Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation 2
Single Subject Research Methods and Designs
Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Child Development
Survey Research and Attitude Measurement
Program Evaluation
Qualitative Data Analysis and Representation
Doctoral Seminar in Educational Evaluation
Problems in Urban Education and Society
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Survival Analysis
Advanced Statistical Computing I
Minimum Total Hours90