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Ph.D in Counseling

Completed Applications for Fall 2014 are due by February 15, 2014.


PhD Counseling Curriculum Guide (PDF)

In keeping with the stated philosophy of Our Lady of Holy Cross College, the Ph.D. program in Counseling seeks to provide opportunities for intellectual, psychological, and spiritual growth to foster the individual's contribution within a pluralistic society. The Catholic heritage of the college and the Marianite tradition of service are integral to the philosophy of the doctoral program in counseling.


Applicants must first be admitted to Graduate Studies. Admissions criteria must be sent to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131, and a copy to Dr. Carolyn White 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131.

To be considered for admission to the Doctoral Program in Counseling, applicants must submit the following at least thirty days prior to the beginning of the semester for which they are applying:

  • A completed official graduate application form;
  • Payment of a graduate application fee (a one-time, non-refundable application fee);
  • Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate course work. Transcripts are to be sent from the institutions attended directly to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs;
  • Three references submitted by people qualified to evaluate academic potential and personal and professional promise;

In sending these references it is recommended, not required, to include at least one from a previous faculty member in your counseling Master's Degree program and one from a supervisor from your internship or a job you have had as a counselor.  Click here for instructional letter and to print Reference Form.

  • A 50 minute role play counseling session; recorded on DVD. Contact Dr. White at for instructions on what is required in the video role play. Click this link for Video Guidelines.
  • A current resume.

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Counseling at Our Lady of Holy Cross College is based on the evaluation of the applicant's personal, professional, and academic records by the Graduate Counseling Program Faculty. The college recruits qualified applicants from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds who display professional promise, intellectual achievement, personal character, and educational commitment. At a minimum, applicants are expected to have the following academic qualifications:  

  • A master's degree from a university or college approved by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States (CACREP programs preferred), or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university;
  • A record of graduate level study that would be predictive of success in a doctoral program. This requires a master's degree in counseling with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
  • A satisfactory academic standing at the last university or college attended;
  •  A minimum score on the GRE is not required, but applicants with higher GRE scores are more likely to be accepted into the doctoral program.

In accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Department accepts applications for admission from students without regard to ethnicity, race, color, sex, age, disability status, or national origin.

For more information regarding the Ph.D. in Counseling Program, please contact:

Dr. Carolyn White