Admissions, The Process

Applicants to the doctoral program in CES must follow a two-step process.  First, application must be made to the UNC Graduate School and the program application (word) is made directly to the School of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education (APCE). For full consideration, both applications must be received by December 1st .

Each year the Counselor Education and Supervision faculty recommend a new cohort of doctoral students for admission the Graduate School.  Criteria for selection include GRE scores; graduate grade point average; three references; a professional resume; completion of the pre-admissions workshop and professional goals presented in a personal/professional statement.

The application process involves the following steps:

Step 1:

Fill out an online application to the Graduate School

Mail your official transcripts and official GRE scores to the :

University of Northern Colorado Graduate School
Campus Box 135, 501 20th Street, Greeley
Colorado 80639-0064.

Note: No doctoral applications are reviewed for admission without the GRE test scores. Applicants must request that their official scores to be sent from the Educational Testing Service to the UNC Graduate School. You can call ETS at (609) 771-7670 in NJ, or (510) 873-8100 in CA. All GRE general test scores must be no more than five years old at the date of your application.

Admission Requirements for the Graduate School at UNC

Doctoral applicants meet the Graduate School minimum criteria for admission if they have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the most recently completed degree and earn a minimum GRE Score:

  • 140 Quantitative
  • 146 Verbal Reasoning
  • Combined score of at least 297
  • Analytic Writing 3.5

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for the University of Northern Colorado is R4074.

For doctoral applicants who do not meet Graduate School minimum requirements, the Graduate School will consider departmental recommendation for admission.

A written explanation must accompany the recommendation explaining circumstances and factors considered justifying acceptance of the applicant.

Completed doctoral applications must be received at the Graduate School no later than December 1st.

Step 2:

Complete and submit the program application (PDF). You can also contact Dr. Jennifer Murdock,, to request an on-campus appointment to meet the CES faculty or tour our Clinic facilities.

Admission Requirements for Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. Program

A master's degree in counseling or a related area is required.

  1. Three letters of recommendation are required from individuals who are familiar with the student’s academic and clinical skills.
  2. GPA of 3.25 in the last completed degree is desired
  3. Written statement must be completed regarding the relationship of the doctoral program to the future career goals of the applicant.
  4. An in-person interview is required for the admission process to be completed. Admission decisions are based on the professional judgment of the Counselor Education faculty, considering the above data, including personal characteristics and interpersonal communications style as assessed in the in-person interview.

Doctoral Program Admission Criteria include consideration of the following:

  1. Academic aptitude for doctoral study
  2. Previous professional experience
  3. Fitness for the profession, including self-awareness and emotional stability
  4. Oral and written communication skills
  5. Potential for scholarship, professional leadership, and advocacy.

Application must be complete and on file in the Applied Psychology and Counselor Education Office by December 1, with decisions announced no later than the first week of April.

Prerequisites: Required of All Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. Students.  Entering doctoral students should have completed graduate courses in the following areas:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Career Counseling and Theory
  • Counseling Theories
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Family Systems
  • Group Counseling/Guidance
  • Learning Theory
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Personality Theories
  • Substance Abuse
  • Testing: Analysis and Interpretation
  • Tests and Measurement

Students who have not completed coursework in these areas must complete these courses as deficiency coursework not to be counted toward the hours required for the degree.