Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Criteria

The following requirements are expected of all successful applicants.

  1. Official graduate transcripts from all programs attended.
  2. Master's degree in counseling or a related profession. Graduates from CACREP accredited programs preferred. Students admitted to the doctoral program with less than 48 semester hours of graduate credit and/or graduating from a non-CACREP accredited program may be required to take additional coursework to fulfill admissions requirements as determined by a transcript review.
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Revised Test.
  4. Three (3) professional letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant's competence to complete doctoral work based on academic background, work history, personality, and ethical behavior. Please use the Counselor Education & Supervision "Reference Letter." This form can be found on the admissions page of the CES website.
  5. A current vitae documenting the applicant's professional preparation and experience.
  6. A completed program application which must be submitted online with non-refundable fees of USD 35.00.
  7. A successful interview as requested by the Admissions Committee. Interviewees may also be asked to submit on-site written answers to some selected questions.
  8. All successful applicants will go through criminal background checks. An applicant may be denied admission or dismissed from the doctoral program because of present or past criminal records.

Application Deadlines

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials in the fall or early spring for admission the following fall. The Admissions Committee accepts applications year round and reviews them between February and July. Application materials are due July 1st.

Application Deadlines Date
Application Materials Due February 1st (Priority)
June 1st
July 1st (Final) 
Interview Notifications February through July
Application Interviews  February through July
Acceptance Notifications July 15th
New Student Orientation Second Weekend in August

Application Materials

  1. Online Application
  2. A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. A $35.00 non-refundable application fee

The following items should be submitted directly to Lindsey Wilson College from the issuing party:

  1. Sealed official graduate transcripts (sent from the registrar's office of the institution). Lindsey Wilson College graduates should email Claudia Froedge in the Registrar's office and request that she send a copy of their transcripts to Jo Ann Steinhilber. Her email address is:
  2. Three sealed professional letters of reference (mailed or emailed directly from the references to the Graduate Office)
  3. GRE test score results (sent from ETS). The institutional code is 1409.
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Materials can be mailed to the Graduate Office at the address below or emailed to

Lindsey Wilson College
Attn: Graduate Office
210 Lindsey Wilson Street
Columbia, KY 42728

Applicants will receive confirmation once the online application is received. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all application materials are received by the July 1st deadline. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to extend the application deadline.

Interview Notifications

Selected applicants will be invited to campus for an interview. Applicants who are not invited to campus for an interview will be notified by mail that they are not under consideration for admission at this time.

Applicant Interviews

Applicants who are invited to campus for an interview will meet with program faculty and staff. The interview process will allow the Admissions Committee to evaluate applicants and allow applicants to evaluate the program and its faculty. The interview process is a full day event. Applicants who are invited to campus should plan accordingly.

During the interview process, applicants will participate in the following activities:

  • A brief program orientation
  • A campus tour
  • An interview with program faculty
  • A writing sample exercise
  • Applicants are encouraged to follow up with program faculty who may share similar research or professional interests.

Applicant Reviews

At the conclusion of the interview process, the Admissions Committee will decide the status of each applicant. The following outcomes can occur:

    Admission - applicants with Admission status are accepted into the program for the fall cohort. Students with Admission status who are unable to start with the fall cohort will need to re-apply or request a Deferred Admission status from the Admissions Committee.

    Deferred Admission - applicants with Deferred Admission status will be accepted into the program upon successful completion of any criteria outlined by the CES Admissions Committee. These criteria often involve completion of supplemental coursework. Applicants who are admitted to the program have the right request Deferred Admission for the purpose of starting the program at a later date.

    Wait List - applicants with a Wait List status may be moved to Admission status if a currently admitted student withdraws his or her Admission status.

    Not Accepted - applicants with a Not Accepted status may re-apply in the future.

Applicants who are Not Accepted for a given academic year may reapply in the future. In these cases, applicants will need to re-apply online, pay the application fee, and submit required materials. However, graduate transcripts and GRE scores do not need to be resubmitted unless updated GRE scores or transcript materials are available.

Application Notifications

Application notifications will be mailed out the week of July 15th. All notifications will be delivered by mail. Students have until July 30th to accept Admission or Deferred Admission responses.

Student Orientation

All incoming students are required to attend a new student orientation. This orientation typically occurs during the second weekend (Friday and Saturday) in August. Individuals unable to attend any portion of the New Student Orientation should consult with the CES director. During the orientation, students will:

  • meet program faculty and students
  • receive and review copies of the student handbook
  • review ethical and professional obligations as well as personal growth expectations related to doctoral studies
  • review licensure and certification eligibility opportunities
  • select a Doctoral Program Committee and complete a Program of Study
  • receive an introduction to technologies used in the program
  • orient to institutional resources

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Counselor Education & Supervision program complies with the Lindsey Wilson College non-discrimination policy, as outlined in the College catalog.

Lindsey Wilson College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national and ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Lindsey Wilson College complies with the provisions of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1967.

The CES program seeks to attract, enroll, and retain a diverse group of students and to create and support an inclusive learning community.

Statement on Learning/Physical Disabilities

Lindsey Wilson College accepts students with disabilities and provides reasonable accommodation that will facilitate success. Depending on the nature of the disability, some students may need to take a lighter course load and may need more than four years to graduate. Students needing accommodation should apply to the College as early as possible, usually before May 15. Immediately after acceptance, students must identify and document the nature of their disabilities with Mr. Ben Martin, the Learning & Physical Disabilities Coordinator.

It is the responsibility of the student to provide the Learning & Physical Disabilities Coordinator with appropriate materials documenting the learning disability. Learning disabilities are typically documented by a recent high school Individualized Education Program (IEP) and results from testing conducted by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or a qualified, licensed person. The College does not provide assessment services for students who may be learning disabled. Although Lindsey Wilson provides limited personal counseling for all students, the College does not have structured programs available for students with emotional or behavioral disabilities. For more information you may contact the ADA Coordinator at 270-384-7479 or email In addition, applicants to Lindsey Wilson College's School of Professional Counseling may wish to contact Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, Director of the Counselor Education & Supervision program, 270-384-8166.

Transfer Credits

If determined as eligible, students may transfer a maximum of 12 credits from another regionally accredited university if the courses are taken as part of a CACREP accredited doctoral program and the courses meet the curricular requirements of the LWC Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) program. Dissertation credits cannot be transferred.

Eligibility for transfer will be determined by the CES program director in consultation with CES program faculty. Eligibility will be determined based on coursework comparability via a transcript review. Students may be required to present further evidence of eligibility, such as copies of course syllabi, to support their requests. The CES program director will notify students in writing regarding transfer eligibility decisions and will notify the registrar's office in cases where transfer credits are approved. Faculty advisors will work with students on developing updated plans of study in cases where transfer credits are approved.

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