Graduate Studies

Doctorate of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling

Goals and Objectives

The Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling program will prepare candidates who will have the vision, skill, and values to integrate religious, spiritual and theological issues within the practice of clinical counseling and psychotherapy. Candidates for the degree will be prepared to link their clinical knowledge, skill, and research to assist clients with real-life problems and to develop significant contributions in the area of mental health and spirituality.

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling program will be prepared to:

  1. assume positions of clinical leadership in mental health agencies
  2. conduct research and professional writing that advances the field of spirituality and mental health.
  3. teach as a counselor educator at the collegiate level
  4. provide advanced clinical supervision for counselors-in-training and support staff
  5. work as an advanced practitioner to improve the quality of life of clients seeking mental health treatment
  6. provide professional client advocacy and peer consultation within the mental health field

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.
Director, Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling Program