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Program Features

  • Weekend format
  • Scholarly and research based
  • Seminar structure
  • Hybrid learning model



  • Graduates of this program will be able to assume positions of clinical leadership in mental health agencies.
  • You will be prepared to conduct professional research and scholarly writing that advances the field of spirituality and mental health.
  • You will be qualified to teach at the collegiate level and provide advanced clinical supervision for counselors-in-training and support staff.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Applicants will be expected to have earned a graduate degree in counseling or a related field.   Submit all undergraduate and graduate level transcripts that show evidence of coursework in Statistics and Research Design and Methods, Practicum Internships and theological courses; the minimum GPA is 3.0.  Students applying for the Ph.D. program must demonstrate having taken at least 9 credits of graduate-level courses in pastoral, theological and/or spiritual studies.  The admissions committee will consider all cases and determine any necessary supplemental plans 

Yes. The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Millers Analogy Test within the past five years

Weekend and Hybrid, mainly online with one on-campus weekend per month Friday night 5-9pm, Saturday all day

54-60 credits depending on dissertation timeline

Applications should submit the following: 

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application online through neumann.edu
  2. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institution attended. WES or ECE evaluated if an international school
  3. Submit test scores from the Millers Analogy Test or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) within the past five years.
  4. Submit vitae to show evidence of work experience in clinical counseling or a related field and demonstrated leadership
  5. An interview with each applicant will be conducted by the Director of the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration and at least one other faculty member of the Admissions Committee
  6. Students in the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration program are required to carry student liability insurance throughout their clinical sequence (i.e., clinical case practicum and internship). Proof of insurance is kept on file in the department office
  7. TOEFL Score Report (required only if English is not your native language)
  8. Three letters of recommendation: one academic, one character, and one clinical
  9. Integrative Writing Sample: (8 pages maximum) You are required to provide an example of scholarly writing, integrating your faith identity, career goals, personal experiences, strengths and growing edges. This integrated writing sample should respond to the following questions informed by the below excerpts from a recent book chapter:  Joretta Marshall (2015) suggests that, “pastoral counseling offers one of the few places in our culture where critical theological engagement is more than an added bonus but is part of the inherent understanding of the field and discipline” (p. 443). In your own words, explain what “pastoral counseling” means to you? How does your own orientation towards religion/spirituality interact with your professional clinical identity? What draws you to pursue a PhD in this discipline at this time?
  10. Marshall (2015) further notes that, Pastoral counselors who deeply value otherness will learn how to sit in the middle of thorny issues of diversity in ways that do not escape their complexity or diminish their contextuality. This includes deeper attention to global issues that not only impinge on the lives of our clients in our offices but also carry an impact on the realities and possibilities for human flourishing in multiple contexts. (p. 445) How do you experience diversity and “global issues” to factor into your professional identity and the concrete work you do? In what ways do you find this to be an inherent part of a pastoral identity? c. Finally, Marshall (2015) contends that, we need institutions that are willing to risk complacency in order to speak to issues of mental health and spirituality in new ways. At the same time, such organizations can offer a larger vision, and they have a platform from which to speak about critical social issues that need to be addressed in the larger public square. (p. 446) How do you foresee yourself utilizing this PhD to further the integrated field and practice of psychology/counseling and religion/spirituality? • Reference: Marshall, J. (2015). Futures of a past: From within a more traditional pastoral counseling model. In E. Maynard & J. Snodgrass (Eds.), Understanding Pastoral Counseling. New York, NY: Springer.


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