Graduate Studies

Doctorate of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling 

A spiritually integrated, research-based, Ph.D. that equips scholars and practitioners for leadership in today’s diverse world of mental health challenges





The Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling is an advanced studies degree integrating spiritual perspectives with the practice of clinical counseling and psychotherapy. It is designed to prepare students to work as counselor educators, supervisors, consultants, mental health advocates, researchers and advanced practitioners in academic and clinical settings. 


As a post-graduate program within Neumann University, the Ph.D. educates a diverse community of practitioners and scholars by providing innovative, transformational education in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. 


Based on its values of reverence, integrity, service, excellence, and stewardship, the doctoral curriculum “promotes thoughtful and ethical leadership in service and response to a global and a technologically complex world” (Vision Statement, Graduate Catalog).  Within the course load, specific Franciscan virtues, traditions and theology are integrated in courses that focus on:



~ The development of the human person from Franciscan values and their implications for the pastoral identity and clinical competence of the counselor.  

~ The development of leadership skills rooted in the Franciscan perspective of the value and dignity of the human person, and

~ The integration of the Franciscan virtues and traditions by applying evidence-based knowledge of preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative interventions to individuals, families and/or population groups. 



Academic and clinical hours acquired within this doctoral program can be applied toward state licensure and professional credentialing.


For additional program information, please click here.

For further information, please call the Office of Graduate Admissions at (610) 361-5208 or (800) 9-NEUMANN ext. 5208 or feel free to e-mail us:


For information about the interview process for entry into this program,
please contact:


James A. Houck, Ph.D., L.P.C.
Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling Program