Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Post-Master's Degree, 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: Leadership and administration Research and program evaluation Counselor education and supervision Individual and group counseling Ethical and professional practice 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. 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:

Ph.D. Fall - December 15

Post-Master's Certificate: Fall, Spring, Summer - Rolling admissions

Standardized test scores:

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: 

Ph.D. - Three (3) recommendations

Post-Master's Certificate - Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)

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.

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. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

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:

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 500-750 words, state your purpose in undertaking doctoral level study in counseling. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. We are interested in determining your fit with our program and faculty, so be sure to identify faculty that could serve as potential mentors to you in research. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any research or teaching experience you have had.

Additional requirements:

Post-Master's Certificate - A resumé is required.

Ph.D. - A master’s degree and a resume 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:

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:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday