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Ph.D in Counseling

PhD Counseling Curriculum Guide (PDF)

PhD Counseling Handbook (PDF)

PhD Degree Counseling Program Practicum and Internship Manual 

Program/Student Outcomes for the Graduate Counseling Program (PDF)

Evaluation Outcomes for the Counseling Graduate Program (PDF)

In keeping with the stated philosophy of the University of Holy Cross, the Ph.D. program in Counseling seeks to provide opportunities for intellectual, psychological, and spiritual growth to foster the individual's contribution within a pluralistic society. The Catholic heritage of the University and the Marianite tradition of service are integral to the philosophy of the doctoral program in counseling.

Click here to download the latest Counseling Course Catalog.



In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Chair of Counseling and Behavioral Sciences accepts applications for admission from students without regard to ethnicity, race, color, sex, age, disability status, or national origin.


Applicants must first be admitted to Graduate Studies. Application, all official transcripts, and proof of immunizations must be sent to the Office of Admissions, University of Holy Cross (UHC), 4123 Woodland Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131.  The doctoral program in counseling admits students each fall. 

To be considered for admission to the Doctoral Program in Counseling, applicants must hold  a Master’s degree in Counseling from a regionally accredited program and submit the following prior to the due date of the semester for which they are applying, sent directly to the Office of  Admissions:

  • A completed official graduate application form;
  • Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate course work, which
    must be sent by the institutions attended;
  • Proof of immunizations or a signed waiver form.

The following should be sent directly to Dr. Carolyn White, Chair of the Department of Counseling and Behavioral Sciences:

  • At least three letters of recommendation written by people qualified to evaluate academic potential and personal and professional promise. Letters should address the applicant's character, work ethic, leadership, ability to work with others, communication skills, and ability to complete doctoral-level academic work. These letters should be addressed to Dr. Carolyn White, Chair of the Department of Counseling and Behavioral Sciences. It is recommended, but not required, that the applicant include at least one letter from a previous faculty member in the Master’s degree program and at least one from a supervisor of an internship site or job where the applicant had counseling experience (Click here for instructional letter and to print Reference Form);
  • A two-page, double-spaced, typed letter of intent providing background information about the candidate, reasons for having selected the counseling profession, and future professional goals, particularly as related to the desire for a Doctoral degree in Counseling;
  • A 50-minute role-playing counseling session, recorded on DVD; and
  • A current résumé.

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Counseling at the University of Holy Cross is based on the evaluation of the applicant's personal, professional, and academic records by the Graduate Counseling Program Faculty. The University recruits qualified applicants from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds who display professional promise, intellectual achievement, personal character, and educational commitment. At a minimum, applicants are expected to have the following academic qualifications:  

  • A master's degree from a university or college approved by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States (CACREP programs preferred), or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university;
  • A record of graduate level study that would be predictive of success in a doctoral program. This requires a master's degree in counseling with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
  • A satisfactory academic standing at the last university or college attended;
  •  A minimum score on the GRE is not required, but applicants with higher GRE scores are more likely to be accepted into the doctoral program.

For more information regarding the Ph.D. in Counseling Program, please contact:

Dr. Carolyn White




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