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Apply to the Doctoral Program

Application Deadline:

Applications are due by Dec.15.

Application/Admission Requirements:

In order to be admitted, applicants are required to complete the on-campus interview process with the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee. Generally, preference for interviews is given to prospective students who meet all of the requirements.

Admission to the Department of Counseling doctoral program is competitive; satisfactory completion of the entry level Graduate School requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The program only accepts 6 applicants per year, 4 in Pocatello and 2 in Meridian.

To apply to the program go to

  • Complete the ISU Graduate School online application.
  • Attach Professional resumeʹ.
  • Attach a one-page statement of post-doctoral career objectives.
  • Have three (3) letters of recommendation submitted.
  • Taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Preference will be given to scale scores of 40th percentile or more.
  • Complete an on-campus interview with the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee.


Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling is designed to prepare graduates for work in counselor education programs and doctoral level counselors for work in university counseling centers and other counseling sites. The major emphasis of this program is to prepare graduates for a career in university teaching, supervision, and research in counseling programs.

Ph.D. Program Planning Sheet

Counselor education and counseling students at Idaho State University will be:

  1. Prepared to teach courses in counseling skills and counseling theories.
  2. Prepared to supervise counselors and counseling students who are providing individual/triadic, and group supervision across all counseling specialties (i.e., Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Student Affairs Counseling; and School Counseling), and/or marriage, couple and family counseling.
  3. Prepared to teach selected courses in one or more of the CACREP major areas.
  4. Prepared to teach selected courses in the general CACREP common core.
  5. Prepared to evaluate counselor education programs and counseling sites.
  6. Knowledgeable of professional issues in the field of counselor education and profession of counseling.
  7. Knowledgeable of ethical issues and practices in the field of counselor education and profession of counseling.
  8. Experienced in developing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research.
  9. Experienced in writing for professional publication.
  10. Experienced in the advisement and mentoring of master's level counseling students.
  11. Knowledgeable and skilled in providing advanced clinical counseling skills.
  12. Knowledgeable of the sociological manifestations of cultural diversity.

Doctoral classes are taught in-person at the campus that a student attends, and simultaneously linked with faculty and other students at the other campus via distance learning technology.

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(208) 282-3156


(208) 282-2583

1440 E. Terry Street

Garrison Hall, Bld 63

Room 725

Pocatello, ID 83209-8120


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Mailing Address:
921 South 8th Ave., Stop 8120
Pocatello, ID 83209-8120

Mailing and Physical Address:
Meridian Health Science Center
1311 East Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 373-1717

Dr. Elizabeth Horn




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