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Counseling: Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)

Counseling (PhD)



The PhD program in Counseling seeks to provide opportunities for intellectual, psychological, and spiritual growth to foster the individual's contribution within a pluralistic society. 


PhD in Counseling: Counselor Education & Supervision

Curriculum Guide
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At UHC, you’ll have opportunities to become a teaching assistant or adjunct professor, boosting your vitae with actual teaching experience. Your first two years of PhD coursework won’t be busy work leading up to your dissertation. Your advisor will help you focus on a topic that you’re passionate about, and you’ll draft outlines and full chapters of your dissertation before you enter your final year.

Past dissertation topics include:

  • The reunification between adopted individuals and their biological parents
  • How children with anxiety experience participating in yoga classes
  • The dissidence in the learned values and practiced behaviors of adult males
    Social anxiety of mental health professionals and collaborating with healthcare professionals
  • The reunification process of families after first-generation Hispanic children enter the United States without their parents

Our doctoral graduates go on to teach in colleges across the country, serve as site visitors for accreditation and officers in local and national professional organizations, own large successful private practices and hold administrative positions in mental health agencies.

Where our PhDs teach and lead

Archdiocese of New Orleans
Catholic Charities
Loyola University New Orleans
National Board for Certified Counselors
Purdue University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Stephen F. Austin State University
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Wake Forest University
Walden University
Xavier University of Louisiana

Alumni Research in Print

See where our master’s and doctoral graduates publish their research.

  • American Journal of Family Therapy: The phenomenological experience of parents who live with a boomerang child
  • Journal of Religion and Health: How organ donors are different from non-donors: Responsibility, barriers, and religious involvement
  • Journal of School Counseling: Factors associated with programmatic orientation and supervision in schools
  • Death Studies: Events surrounding stillbirth and their effect on symptoms of depression among mothers
  • NASSP Bulletin: Principal-counselor collaboration and school climate
  • Nursing Ethics: Moral distress among nursing and non-nursing students


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 PhD in Counseling Program, please contact:

Dr. Carolyn White
(504) 398-2149

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Department of Counseling and Behavioral Sciences
Carolyn White, PhD
(504) 398-2149