How To Apply


Application due dates for consideration for admissions

  • Fall: January 5th
  • Spring: September 30th


International Admissions Policy

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Counselor Education Doctoral Program  (Ph.D.)

Application materials required by the UNO Office of Admissions, and the UNO Counseling Graduate Program must be on file on or before the deadline date in order to be considered for admission. You are encouraged to submit all application materials well in advance of the deadline in order to ensure that your application is complete on time. As set forth below, various materials are to be submitted to different offices.

Application Procedures

Only those applications that are complete and include all the required documentation will be considered for review. If you do not complete the application process by the deadline you can notify the Graduate School and indicate whether or not you wish to be considered for the next application deadline.

Please attach the following documentation to your online application.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is a thoughtful 3-5 page essay that describes the following elements:

  • A summary of your educational and work experiences and how they have contributed to your readiness for counselor education.
  • Your reason for wanting to earn a Ph.D. in counseling.
  • Your professional goals and how a UNO Doctoral Degree in Counselor Education can help your accomplish your professional goals.

Transcripts and GRE Scores

Coordinator of Counseling & Counselor Education Graduate Programs

Dr. Roxane Dufrene
Associate Professor
Office: ED 174
Phone: 504-280-6449
Fax: 504-280-6453

Counseling Coordination Office:    ED 180

Send all official  transcripts from all previously attended institutions and official GRE scores (instructions are provided in the "Graduate Application Procedures" link below.

Professional Resume

A professional resume is required for admissions. Candidates will attach their resume when completing the online application.


Three letters of references are required for admissions. References' contact information is entered into the "Apply Yourself" online application and references will receive an email soliciting for their response.

Online Application

All graduate candidates are to complete the UNO online application. Please follow the instruction to successfully complete the application.

  1. Access the online application by clicking on the link below and read the graduate admissions information.
  2. Create an account and being the online application process
  3. Attach your personal statement to online application
  4. Attach your professional resume to online application
  5. Attach a document with contact information for three references
Graduate Application Procedures

Individual Interviews

Once completed applications are received and reviewed, selected applicants will be invited for individual interviews with the program faculty. Information will be sent via email regarding the dates and times for interviews. Interviews will cover:

  1. your reason for pursuing doctoral studies
  2. why you have chosen counseling as a profession
  3. why you have chose to apply to this particular doctoral program
  4. your career goals
  5. area in which you might conduct research
  6. your understanding of the challenges inherent in completing a Ph.D. in our program
  7. your receptivity to feedback
  8. your commitment to diversity

Counseling Session Recording

Additionally applicants will videotape a 10-minute counseling session with a client. This role-play will take place in the clinical lab room between the applicant and an advanced doctoral student who will facilitate the role-play counseling session. Finally, applicants will be given one hour to complete an ethical dilemma-writing sample in the lab computer room using Microsoft Word.

Following the screening interviews the program faculty will conduct a final review of applications and supporting materials and select applicants for admission. Applicants will be notified by email of their admissions status. Formal admission to the Counselor Education Graduate Program will be granted only after attendance at one of the mandatory orientation meetings.


Until application documentation has been reviewed by the Counselor Education Graduate Program and you have been interviewed, you are not eligible to be officially accepted into the doctoral degree program. If admitted, you will receive two letters in sum, one as a non-degree seeking student by UNO Admissions and one into the UNO Counselor Education Graduate Program as a degree seeking student. Until you receive both letters, you are not considered officially accepted.