Graduate Studies

Doctorate of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling 

Program Design

12-Month Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling Curriculum Sequence

A completion of 48 credits of core curriculum plus an additional 6-12 credits to finish the dissertation. All courses are three credits.


The Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling is a 12-month, weekend seminar format that is flexible and attractive to students who must maintain their employment and family obligations. Out of a typical 14-week semester students are required to attend classes at Neumann University five-six weekends. In between classes, students will complete assignments via web-assisted programs, along with practical and research applications. Students will take one class on Friday night (5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.) and a second class on Saturday (9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.) within a 14-week semester. 


Academic Year 1

PC 800: Franciscan Values in Human Development
PC 810: Principles and Practice of Counseling Theories

PC 815: Advanced Mental Health Ethics and Legal Issues
PC 825: Seminar in Special Topics Using Three Major Perspectives


PC 835 Multicultural Studies, Social Change and Advocacy

PC 865 Advanced Group Theory and Practice


Academic Year 2


PC PC 850 Qualitative Analysis
PC 860 Doctoral Practicum 


PC 840 Quanitative Analysis
PC 880 Doctoral Internship I

PC 870: Doctoral Research Methods
PC 881: Doctoral Internship II 

Comprehensive Research Examination


Academic Year 3


PC 830 Counseling Supervision and Consultation
PC 875 Counseling Education and Supervision in the Franciscan Tradition

PC 890: Capstone: Franciscan Integration in Counseling, Education & Supervision
PC 900: Dissertation Guidance

PC 910: Dissertation


Academic Year 4

PC 920: Dissertation II 

PC 930: Dissertation III  (if necessary)

PC 940: Dissertation IV  (if necessary)



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