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Admissions Requirements

We seek engaged and skilled students, with a range of counseling and related professional experiences, who are committed to scholarship, teaching, research, leadership, and advocacy in counselor education and supervision. Eligibility for admission to a doctoral program should be limited to students who have demonstrated intellectual ability, high achievement, and adequate preparation for advanced study and research in a chosen field.

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

1. A master’s degree in counseling from a CACREP-accredited program, or an equivalent program that leads to licensure, from a regionally accredited institution. Students missing CACREP entry-level requirements may be required to take additional coursework as a prerequisite to admission or concurrently during the first year in the program.

2. A minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in graduate level coursework.

3. At least one year of working experience in a mental health or related field.

4. Demonstration of personal competency for the counseling profession, including emotional stability and self-awareness.

5. Competence in using and applying technology to the study and practice of teaching, supervision, and research.

Qualified applicants should submit the following application materials:

1. Graduate school application

2. Official transcripts showing successful completion of a master’s degree in counseling

3. Personal goal statement demonstrating an interest in counselor education, teaching, research, professional service, clinical practice and/or counseling supervision.

4. Resume or curriculum vitae detailing work experience and related achievements and/or activities.

5. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (General test, Psychology Subject test not required). Scores must be from tests administered within five years of the application.

6. Three letters of commendation. One recommendation from a person who has been in a position to evaluate clinical skills such as a former or current counseling professor, or a practicing counselor or psychologists who has observed clinical work.

If candidate is selected for an interview, the following is required:

7. A 10 to 15 minute video of a counseling session that is representative of applicant’s counseling skills. Applicants will receive submission instructions when the invitation to interview is issued. All videos must be mock sessions. Do not submit recordings of actual client sessions.

Interviews for the Ph.D. program are by invitation only, after review of the completed application. Applicant information will be reviewed and those applicants moving to the next level of evaluation will be invited to participate in the interview process. Participation in this interview process is expected; interviewed applicants will bear the expenses associated with travel to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida campus. Our preference is to have an in-person interview. In rare instances where circumstances do not permit, an alternative method, such as Skype, may be considered. Additional details will be provided to those invited to an interview.

Applicants invited to the interview should keep in mind that an interview does not assure admission. Keiser University reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion whether a candidate is suitable for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Important Dates:

Semester Application Deadline Semester Start Date
Fall 2014 July 14, 2014 September 1, 2014
Winter 2015 November 10, 2014 January 5, 2015
Summer 2015 March 16, 2015 May 4, 2015
Fall 2015 July 13, 2015 August 31, 2015

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline.

*At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.

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