Doctorate in Counselor Education

The doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision is intended for M.A. or Ed.S. level professionals who wish to teach and/or supervise in higher education or in school and community settings. Applicants usually have recent clinical experience and are licensed or license-eligible.  However, it is possible to pursue the doctoral degree with backgrounds and/or advanced degrees in related academic areas. 

The number of doctoral students admitted is dependent on overall capacity in the Department of Counselor Education.  

Ed.D. applicants must have a minimum GRE verbal score 153 and Math 146 (500 verbal 500 math - converted score prior to 9/2011). On rare occasions, in the event of a lower GRE score, a combination of other factors may allow for provisional acceptance.

A formal program of study is designed in cooperation with an assigned advisor. 

General Requirements: 

A minimum of 96 semester credits (up to 10 allocated for the dissertation).  Depending on career goals, advisors may require more credits for particular programs of study.

  • A minimum of 30 semester credits in the primary area (Clinical Mental Health or School), exclusive of dissertation credits.  The dissertation must be in the primary area.
  • A support area of at least 20 semester credits must be identified.  This may be defined as a field of knowledge or a specific curriculum and may draw on all coursework—can be Mental Health or School, or another concentration you work out with your advisor.
  • A minimum of 1/3 of all coursework in the primary area must be completed at The University of Montana (usually 30 credits).
  • Three full time semesters in residence are required, two of which must be consecutive.  A full time semester is considered to be 6 credits.
  • Depending on the student’s academic background, some of the above may have been completed in previous degree work.

Additional Requirements: 

Students must complete the core research curriculum in the College of Education and Human Sciences –600-level Statistics, Quantitative, and Qualitative, usually taught by Educational Leadership, but equivalent courses from doctoral programs in other departments may be substituted.. 

All students who complete the Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision must have completed COUN 633, Supervision of Counseling, or a Doctoral Seminar in this same subject area, and must engage in supervised teaching experience in higher education.  Doctoral students are usually licensed as a mental health counselor and/or as a school counselor at the time of graduation. Exceptions to this would include individuals with two or more years experience in a non-licensed counseling-related field or equivalent.

Students must pass a written comprehensive examination developed to cover the primary and support areas and research.  An oral examination may also be required.

Students must complete and defend a dissertation.  Students must register for dissertation credits every semester in which they are working on the dissertation.  The minimum number of credits for continuous enrollment is determined by the Graduate School. It is usually three graduate credits each semester, except summer term.

Comps and Dissertation Defense are not possible to convene during summer term.  Comps and Dissertation Defense meetings must not be scheduled during the last week of the term or during finals week.