Doctoral Degree

Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is intended to prepare professionals for future careers in research, academic and clinical settings. Graduates of this program will be given the opportunity to acquire both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed to work in counselor education programs and to supervise the next generation of counselor educators as they practice their own skills. Students will be expected to formulate their own philosophy and approach to the counseling education field. The need for multicultural competencies in applied clinical settings will be emphasized throughout the program.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision?

  • The program is CACREP Accredited.
  • Faculty includes former and current presidents and journal editors of international counseling associations.
  • The Ph.D. program is in Counselor Education and Supervision offers students the opportunity to learn to become professionals in future careers in research, academic and clinical settings.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission prerequisites: A master's degree in counseling or in a related mental health field requiring a minimum of 48 semester credit hours equivalent to the master's degree requirements of the UTSA counseling program and/or Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students with fewer than 48 semester credit hours may be considered for admission to the program with conditional status, pending completion of deficient hours and satisfactory completion of courses fulfilling CACREP core course requirements. For more specific requirements, please visit the Graduate Catalog.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Specific Degree Requirements: A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in master's level courses in counseling or in a related mental health field.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Test Scores: General GRE required- not older than 5 years.

Resume or CV: Yes: listing prior experiences in the field of counseling.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 L/R Required: Attesting to the student's academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.

Statement of Purpose: Yes: A written personal statement or essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Other Degree Requirements:

  • Counseling Experience Form (Form): Documented experience in a work environment (formal positions or internships) where counseling was the primary professional emphasis (may include but not limited to one-on-one counseling, counseling for couples, psychological assessment and testing, group or community counseling).
  • Successful completion of a finalist interview and rank order selection by the Admissions Committee.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 600 paper/100 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 7

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Full-Time or Part-Time Attendance Requirement: Full-Time


Application Deadline Dates

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Kristina Talamantez
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-2723

Degree Catalog Link:

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Career Options Available for a Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.) Graduate

Graduates have been hired as faculty members, work as consultants, and work in independent counseling practices.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • The program is full-time and courses are taken one or two days a week.
  • This program is housed on the UTSA Downtown Campus

Funding Opportunities

Research taking place in the Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

Creative interventions relative to relationship issues, grief and loss. Relational Cultural Theory, multicultural issues in counseling, behavioral health issues, brief family consultation, creative approaches to aging, on-line counseling, addictions, suicidal tendencies, crisis intervention, treatment of trauma, mentoring in the learning environment, legal and ethical issues in school counseling, injurious behaviors, rape and sexual assault.