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The PhD in Mental Health Counseling program at Pace University is a unique program designed to train mental health counselors in advanced clinical and supervisory skills, prepare them to conduct research that will further the profession’s knowledge base, and foster the next generation of leaders who will be teachers and advocates for the mental health profession across the country.

The PhD program places equal emphasis on counseling and research skills. In small classes, students are exposed to evidence-based counseling approaches for demographically and clinically diverse populations. Throughout our curriculum, students are trained to think scientifically, to develop advanced research skills, and to apply those skills to their area of interest. Students work closely with faculty to develop and carry out independent research projects culminating in a doctoral dissertation. These activities are designed to integrate counseling intervention and research skills training, preparing students for a variety of counseling, policy-based, advocacy, teaching, and research careers.


  • Community mental health
  • Forensic mental health
  • University teaching
  • Private practice
  • Research
  • Advocacy
  • Mental health policymaking

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Areas of research include: 

  • Addiction
  • Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Psychological resilience
  • Subjective well-being
  • Social relationships
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion regulation
  • Dyadic communication

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The PhD program is open to applicants with master degrees in Mental Health Counseling or a closely-related field. 
  • Bachelor degree holders may apply to the department’s 60-credit Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1220 USD/credit
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  • National

    1220 USD/credit
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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