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Counseling

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Post-Master's Degree, Education Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

The mission of the program represents a commitment to develop advanced knowledge, skills and commitment to the counseling profession, especially in the areas of:

  1. Leadership and administration
  2. Research and program evaluation
  3. Counselor education and supervision
  4. Individual and group counseling
  5. Ethical and professional practice
  6. Personal dignity, social responsibility and multicultural awareness

The counseling Ph.D. is offered only on the Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, D.C. Students can complete the program full time or part time.

The Ph.D. is offered through the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Applicants submit their applications to CCAS; however, all coursework, advising and student services†are administered by GSEHD.††

This program also offers an education specialist (Ed.S.) degree. This is an individualized advanced graduate degree consisting of a minimum of 30 credits beyond a 48-credit master's degree in counseling.

Accreditation

The Ph.D. in counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is the nationally recognized agency for the accreditation of graduate programs in counseling.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall:

Ed.S. and Post-Master's Certificate - April 1
Ph.D. - December 15 

Spring:  October 1 (Ed.S. and Post-Master's Certificate only)
Summer:  March 1 (Ed.S. and Post-Master's Certificate only)

Standardized test scores:

Ed.S. degree only - either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required.

Ph.D. - GRE general test (institutional code 5246) is required. This requirement is waived for applicants who already hold a doctoral degree conferred by an accredited institution of higher learning.

Recommendations required: 

Ed.S. and Post-Master's Certificate - Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)
Ph.D. - Three (3) recommendations

Prior academic records: 

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Ph.D. - If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Ed.S. and Post-Masters Certificate - Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Applicants to the Post-Master’s Certificate must have earned a master's degree within the last seven years in a related program approved by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).

Statement of purpose:

Ed.S. and Post-Master's Certificate - In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Ph.D. - In an essay of 500 - 700 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in counseling. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.

Additional requirements:

Ed.S. and Post-Master's Certificate - A resumé is required.
Ph.D. - A master’s degree is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

 

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Ph.D. Applicants: 

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

All other Applicants: 

Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday