Ph.D. Degrees in Counseling
The CACREP accredited Ph.D. programs in Counseling and School Counseling at Mississippi State University build upon the knowledge, skills, and work experiences students have acquired in counseling or counseling related fields and prepares them to become highly competent practitioners, faculty researchers and scholars, administrators, leaders in the profession, and excellent teachers and clinical supervisors. Each program's design and training philosophy is based on the scientist-practitioner model and emphasizes critical thinking skills, the integration of theory with practice, experiential learning, scholarly research, advocacy and social justice awareness and activities, and professional identity and leadership roles.
The programs are a focused, developmental sequence of advanced coursework which include a counseling core, a minor or focus area, elective courses, practicum and internship, extensive research and statistics, passing written and oral doctoral comprehensive exams, and successfully planning and defending the dissertation. Counseling core coursework includes advanced studies emphasizing theory, clinical supervision, multicultural competencies, assessment and appraisal, teaching, advocacy, social justice, and leadership, ethics, consultation, research skills development, and critical thinking. Doctoral students also complete a minor or focus area from any academic department in the university offering graduate coursework with a prefix different from the COE program emphasis. This gives doctoral students the opportunity to benefit from a broad array of theory, practice, and research in fields related to counseling. Doctoral students must also complete 900 hours of practicum and internship experiences in a setting appropriate to their program concentration area.
Doctoral Programs Objectives
- Doctoral students will demonstrate advanced knowledge in the core areas of counseling and development.
- Doctoral students will apply advanced research methodology to practice.
- Doctoral students will generate new and advanced professional knowledge.
- Doctoral students will demonstrate advanced counseling skills necessary for competent professional practice.
- Doctoral students will demonstrate knowledge in the areas of counseling theory, consultation, supervision, instructional theory, multicultural competence, ethical and legal issues, assessment and appraisal, and crisis intervention.
- Doctoral students will engage in professional development, advocacy, and social justice activities.