Admission to Doctoral Programs

Admissions Deadlines

The Counselor Education Doctoral Admissions Committee processes applications once a year for fall admission. Applications and supporting required materials must be received by January 15th. Students admitted for fall can begin work in the preceding summer session with the approval of their program advisor. Application may be made either on-line at: or via forms available from the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, Curry School of Education - University of Virginia, 405 Emmet Street - Ruffner Hall Room 104, P.O. Box 400261, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4261; (434) 924-3334. Please note the Curry website is under renovation and the actual http may change.

Admissions Criteria

The minimum criteria for acceptance into the Counselor Education doctoral programs are listed below. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.

1. A Master's degree. Previous graduate work must include at least seven Counselor Education common core courses from those described in the CACREP standards for entry-level programs.

The common core courses include:

· Professional Identity - studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, legalities, standards, and credentialing.

· Social and Cultural Diversity - studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society

· Human Growth and Development - studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels

· Career Development - studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors

· Helping Relationships - studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes

· Group Work - studies that provide an understanding of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches

· Assessment - studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation

· Research and Program Evaluation - studies that provide an understanding of research method, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.

2. Academic Record. The applicant must submit scores that are no more than five years old from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test (Verbal and Quantitative). Although GRE scores are a factor in admission decisions, previous academic performance is as important. An outstanding academic record is expected of doctoral applicants. Performance in the Master's degree program in Counselor Education is a major factor in the admissions decision.

3. Professional Goals. Applicant's goals must be compatible with commonly accepted purposes of advanced study in counselor preparation as defined by the profession. A statement of the applicant's goals must accompany the application to the program.

4. Recommendations. Endorsement by at least two references appropriate for graduate study. Appropriate references are graduate academic references and supervisors in employment relevant as a counselor.

5. Resume. A current resume must accompany the application to the program. Applicants’ resumes should include information about relevant practicum, internship, and post-master’s counseling experience. Post-Master's experience as a professional counselor is preferred but not required.

Admissions Process

Upon receipt of an applicant's complete file, the Counselor Education faculty evaluates each applicant's potential for success in the Counselor Education Program. Applicants who meet the minimal criteria (noted above) and are considered to have the potential for success in the program will be asked to arrange an interview. The interview process involves applicants being at the University for one day to meet with the Counselor Education faculty and current doctoral students. Applicants also participate in a videotaped role-play session of a counseling session and provide a written analysis of that session. If travel is impossible a telephone interview and an alternate to the role-play may be arranged. When decisions are reached, all applicants will be notified by mail.