Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)

The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision provides an interactive and relational learning experience where faculty provide high-touch and personal instruction—whether you are online or on campus.

Denver Seminary’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision is a 4-year, relational, cohort-based, and online doctoral degree program. It prepares you to be a skilled counselor, educator, and supervisor ready to engage the critical mental health needs present in the world today. This in-depth and integrated experience will result in CES professionals who are informed, sophisticated practitioners. Graduates will be able to teach, supervise, and counsel in ways that address the complex questions of integrating the faith they believe with the skills they perform. The program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). CACREP approval will be sought in keeping with CACREP timelines.

Our Counselor Education and Supervision PhD program connects you with professors and peers through interactive online environments with the benefit of a yearly in-person residency component on the Denver Seminary campus. As a graduate, you will be recognized as a leader in counseling, counselor education, supervision, and research. Additionally, your ability to integrate Christian biblical foundations with counseling theory and practice will prepare you to engage in issues of advocacy and leadership on local, national, and international levels.

Why study Doctoral Counselor Education and Supervision at Denver Seminary?

You will learn from expert faculty committed to your success.

Our distinguished Denver Seminary faculty represent a wide range of practical, clinical counseling experiences, extensive supervision knowledge and practice, and nationally-recognized teaching expertise. They model these counseling, supervision, and teaching principles, and illustrate how they practically integrate their faith in the counseling field. They are here to support student’s growth and education every step of the way.

Earn your degree online with the benefit from our yearly on-site residency component. 

The PhD program is designed to be completed primarily online to fit with your needs and lifestyle. You will learn as a cohort with other colleagues in a highly interactive and relational learning experience where faculty provide high-touch and personal instruction—whether you are online or on campus. Each year you will spend time on campus deepening connections and engaging face-to-face with faculty and peers for meaningful academic, personal, and professional development.

High-level course work and experience

This cutting-edge program provides excellence in training in the roles of counselor, educator, and supervisor that students in this degree must master. Program content provides training in all five CACREP doctoral level education spheres (Counseling, Education, Supervision, Leadership, and Research) creating a powerful program for leaders in the counseling community.

Integration of faith

Denver Seminary believes integration is not just a course student’s take, but something they embody. Our counseling PhD curriculum has intentionally integrated many aspects of theology, hermeneutics, spiritual formation, and biblical interpretation into every course throughout the program. In all courses, students are given opportunity to connect and apply doctrine and theology to the study and work of counseling.

Grow through personalized mentored formation.

At Denver Seminary we seek to provide a holistic approach to education and training where students are developed not only intellectually, but also spiritually and personally. As the primary instrument in counseling, the counselor must be a whole and healthy person, known by their deep character, professional skill, and knowledge. These cannot be learned solely in an academic classroom. The Personal Formation (PF) process exists to create the context where Counselor Education and Supervision PhD students grow in spiritual formation and character through guided mentored relationships.

What will I study?

This 66-credit degree program includes:

Core Courses (45 credits)
  • Leadership in Counselor Education and Supervision, Theological Foundations of Counselor Education, Advanced Counseling Theories and Methods, Supervision of Counseling, Advanced Group Counseling, Advanced Cultural Foundations in Counseling, Advanced Counseling Research Design and Assessment, Quantitative Research Methods and Qualitative Research Methods.

    • Clinical Training Sequence – Practicum, Instructor Internship, Supervision Internship, Elective Internship (Students may choose a clinical, teaching, supervisory, research, or leadership internship).

Elective Courses (9 credits)
  • Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling, Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis, Emerging Issues in Clinical Practice, Seminar in Program Evaluation and Grant Writing, Advanced Andragogy, Advanced Assessment, Seminar in Counselor Education, and/or a variety of Bible and Theology courses. 

Dissertation (12 credits)

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Application Deadlines 

  1. December 1, 2021 - Early Application Deadline 
  2. January 1, 2022 - General Application Deadline
  3. March 1, 2022 - Late Application Deadline

We are excited to announce that we have made scholarship funding available for students in our first cohort! Details to come soon. You can also learn about PhD Funding opportunities here

 Tuition and Fees

Course Sequence Sample


Leadership in Counselor Education and Supervision (3 Credits)
Theological Foundations of Counselor Education (3 Credits)

Advanced Counseling Research Design and Assessment (3 Credits)
Supervision of Counseling (3 Credits)

Advanced Group Counseling (Residency Component) (3 Credits)
Cultural Foundations in Counseling (Residency Component) (3 Credits)


Advanced Counseling Theories and Methods (3 Credits)
Quantitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)
Practicum (3 Credits)

Elective 1 (3 Credits)
Internship 1 (3 Credits)

(Note:  Year 2 Residency is focused on Biblical/Theological Integration – courses will not have a Residency Component)


Elective 2 (3 Credits)
Internship 2 (3 Credits)

Internship 3 (3 Credits)
Proposal Development (Residency Component)(3 Credits)

Seminar in Integration of Faith in Counselor Education
   (Residency Component) (3 Credits)
Elective 3 (3 Credits)


Dissertation 1 (6 Credits)

Dissertation 2 (6 credits)


  • CACREP or CORE Masters or equivalent, Masters GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • Any missing content areas must be completed prior to completion of first year of PhD program
  • Independently licensed in home state (equivalent of LPC in Colorado), preferred
  • If licensed, must maintain license throughout program, and submit proof of license and insurance every year
  • Sign Denver Seminary statement of faith and lifestyle agreement

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