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Program Title: Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling
Institution: Amridge University (Alabama)
Program Transitional Page
Program Description: Offered through the Amridge University School of Human Services, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree programs in Professional Counseling is a 60-semester hour rigorous research oriented program beyond the Master's degree. The number of hours required for the completion of this doctorate will depend on the number of graduate hours the student has already taken before entering the program. The PhD program is not designed to prepare individuals for professional licensure. It is assumed that the applicant has already completed the course work required for professional licensure. If the applicant wishes to obtain professional licensure, additional courses may be required. The distinctive components in this program will be the emphasis on traditional and non-traditional extended learning delivery systems. Broadly put, upon completion of either program, the student will have an advanced degree with both therapeutic expertise and scholarship. Students will complete intensive studies in theories of counseling, human development, problems with abuse and addiction, cultural diversity, and research. Courses offered in these programs will be taught partly from traditional class settings and will be partly delivered online over the Internet. Students benefit from collegial learning during both face-to-face and concomitant residency experiences. The on-campus experiences are enhanced and extended through the concomitant classes and meetings. The University provides live classroom broadcasts with video and audio transmission for an academic residency component of the PhD program. This live Internet online transmission permits teacher-student interaction and discussion. This interaction between faculty member and students is a concomitant synchronized period in a traditional classroom. This synchronous learning alternative is the New Academic Residency Option open to Amridge University students who live at a distance from the main campus. Amridge University maintains a record of each student's residency requirements in the program. A program may be completed in 4 years; however, the completion time depends on factors such as the number of credits transferred, the pace at which courses are taken, and the time necessary to research and write the dissertation.
States Authorized: NC SARA approved institution and a member of SREB’s SECRRA reciprocity agreement with the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.
Program Information: This program's delivery mode is: Internet
   Course is 100% online.
This program is a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium member program.
Transitional Page Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/studentservices/resources/

Institution Information

Institution Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Details

Program Level: Graduate
Degree Type: Doctor of Philosophy
For Credit: This program is offered for academic credit.
Program Enrollment Capacity: 100
Application Deadline: Open Application Deadline
Subject: Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries
 

Methods of Instruction

  This program is delivered primarily through Internet
  Students and Instructors use the following to communicate: Discussion Board, E-Conferencing, Online Assignment, Email, Voice, Video

Program Requirements

On-Campus Requirements: Attendance is monitored by the online courseware tracking system. Students are required to participate in weekly quizzes and assignments. Changes to attendance requirements may be made as a result of changing federal financial and accreditation requirements.
Technical Requirements: As a minimum, the following computer requirements are recommended for working through the Amridge University distance learning programs and courses: 1 Operating Systems 1.1 Windows Operating Systems 1.1.1 Windows XP (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.2 Windows Vista (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.3 Windows Vista (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.4 Windows 7 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.5 Windows 7 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java) 1.2 Hardware for Windows Operating Systems 1.2.1 Pentium III 1 GHz processor or higher 1.2.2 256 MB available RAM 1.2.3 20 MB of available disk space 1.2.4 Broadband Internet connection 1.2.5 Headset with microphone 1.2.6. Web camera 1.3 Macintosh Operating Systems and Software 1.3.1 OS X 10.5 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.3.2 OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.3.3 OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java) 1.3.4 PC Emulator for Summit Point 2 (for access to archived classes recorded in the Summit Point 2 format) 2 Hardware for the Macintosh Operating Systems 2.1 G4, G5 or Intel processor 2.2 256 MB available RAM 2.3 20 MB of available disk space 2.4 Broadband Internet connection 2.5 Headset with microphone 2.6 Web camera 3 Computer operating systems no longer supported 3.1 Windows 95 3.2 Windows 98 3.3 Windows ME 3.4 Windows NT 3.5 Windows 2000 3.6 Solaris 10 x86 4 Internet Browsers 4.1 Internet Browsers for the Windows Operating Systems 4.1.1 Internet Explorer 7 or higher 4.1.2 Firefox 3.5 or higher 4.2 Internet Browsers for the Macintosh Operating Systems 4.2.1 Safari 4.0 or higher 4.2.1 Firefox 3.5 or higher.
Library Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/
Bookstore Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/
Student Support and Resources: Amridge University's library/research support is based upon some 15 to 20 million monographs, and some 150,000 journals in several of the nation's richest research library collections which offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in compatible/similar disciplines that Amridge University is offering or seeking to offer degrees. These resources give students and faculty access to 43 electronic databases that include hundreds of professional and scholarly journals, serials, and magazines containing thousands of full-text articles available in an Adobe Acrobat and other mainstream file formats that can be downloaded and printed on demand. Additionally, students and faculty can conduct online searches for traditional books and the University’s new eBooks collection. In turn, the traditional books may be checked out online with the respective books being shipped to the student or faculty member. The library and bookstore telephone is 800.351.4040, extension 7541.
Financial Aid Resources: Federal funding available for undergraduates includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), and direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Federal funding available for graduate students includes direct unsubsidized and Grad Plus loans. In order to receive federal funds the student must complete the Amridge University Financial Aid Application along with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to include the University’s school code. Once the FAFSA is processed the financial aid office will receive information needed to access and assign student aid. Aid from institutionally generated funds is provided on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and other criteria. Limited scholarships are available. Priority is given to early applicants. For more information call 1.800.351.4040 ext, 7525, 7523, or 7527.
Prerequisites and Special Program Requirements: None.
Advising Information and Resources: Academic advisement begins when students are sent a Student Academic Evaluation (SAE) plan by the Admissions Office. The SAE report is sent to the students and advisor regularly and include several key elements. These elements include: (1) Specification of all academic work that has been accepted toward a degree at Amridge University; (2) Specification of the required and elective courses that the respective student must take in order to fulfill his or her academic requirements at Amridge University; and (3) Specification on a semester-by-semester basis the progress the respective student is making toward the completion of his or her degree.
Program Transfer Policies: In keeping with the mission, purpose and goals of Amridge University, the following guidelines have been established to evaluate for transfer, prior college level work successfully completed at other institutions, credit by examination, and life learning credit. Amridge University may allow students to transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended must be received by Amridge University directly from these institutions. Documentation of high school graduation or accepted equivalent must also be on file. Transfer of credit for work earned at other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning is not automatic, but an applicant may, when making application, request the acceptance of previously earned college credit. Additionally, Amridge University reserves the right to reject transfer credit from any institution including a regionally accredited institution. A decision by Amridge University not to accept transfer work under this provision could include, but not limited to, the respective institution’s accreditation is suspended, or put on probation; the institution has experienced severe financial distress and could affect the quality of courses and program offered; the institution has lost its license to operate in any state, or legal action is initiated against the institution by the U.S. Department of Education or other federal agency. Additionally, the University may decide not to accept credit from any institution of higher education if it believes that course work and learning outcomes are not comparable to Amridge University’s own degree programs. Amridge University accepts credit for previous education and academic training done at regionally accredited institutions based on the individual’s transcript and the compatibility of courses offered at Amridge University. Course comparability decisions rest with the Vice President of Academic Affairs who may choose to review a course description/syllabus prior to determining acceptance of credit. Transfer credit may be accepted by examination and from credit earned through life experience (i.e., American Council on Education (ACE) recommended military credit, College Level Education Program (CLEP), Department of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Excelsior tests, and selected Bible colleges), upon review. Students must submit official copies of test score reports, Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART), Army/ACE Registry Transcript System (AARTS), and transcripts from all institutions previously attended before any credit is applied. No institutional academic credit transfer will be accepted after the first semester. Transfer credit may also be accepted from specialized/nationally accredited institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This requires the same institutional and programmatic review process detailed in the section title Prior Credit for Academic Work Completed at Schools of Preaching, Bible Colleges, Theology Schools and other unaccredited institutions at the end of this policy. This is a comprehensive review process conducted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and requiring the full cooperation of the institution from which students wish to request credit transfer. The amount of credit to be accepted will initially be determined using an unofficial preliminary evaluation. The amount may vary depending on the courses submitted for transfer and the level of the program the applicant is entering at Amridge University. For applicants transferring from other regionally accredited institutions, the amount of transfer credit and advanced standing allowed will be determined by officials in the Registrar’s Office. Courses with grades of “D” are only acceptable for transfer in those degree programs in which grades of “D” are acceptable for courses taken at Amridge University. All credits transferred in and posted on an academic record will be applied before a student finishes his first semester of work. Students are responsible for requesting consideration of transfer credit at the point of initial application. In keeping with the mission, purpose and goals of Amridge University, the following guidelines have been established to evaluate for transfer, prior college level work successfully completed at other institutions, credit by examination, and life learning credit. Amridge University may allow students to transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended must be received by Amridge University directly from these institutions. Documentation of high school graduation or accepted equivalent must also be on file. Transfer of credit for work earned at other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning is not automatic, but an applicant may, when making application, request the acceptance of previously earned college credit. Additionally, Amridge University reserves the right to reject transfer credit from any institution including a regionally accredited institution. A decision by Amridge University not to accept transfer work under this provision could include, but not limited to, the respective institution’s accreditation is suspended, or put on probation; the institution has experienced severe financial distress and could affect the quality of courses and program offered; the institution has lost its license to operate in any state, or legal action is initiated against the institution by the U.S. Department of Education or other federal agency. Additionally, the University may decide not to accept credit from any institution of higher education if it believes that course work and learning outcomes are not comparable to Amridge University’s own degree programs. Amridge University accepts credit for previous education and academic training done at regionally accredited institutions based on the individual’s transcript and the compatibility of courses offered at Amridge University. Course comparability decisions rest with the Vice President of Academic Affairs who may choose to review a course description/syllabus prior to determining acceptance of credit. Amridge University is a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC).
Maximum Number of Credits Transferable: Amridge University recognizes that students transferring from other institutions may have earned academic credit that is applicable to their Academic Plan at the University. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 15 semester hours of coursework into the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies.
Other Program Specific Information: To receive a PhD Degree in Professional Counseling from Amridge University, the student must: 1. Complete the degree courses as specified within and in accordance with the individualized degree evaluation provided to the Amridge University student during the admissions process. The individualized degree evaluation will be completed and given to the student as soon as copies of all pertinent college and university transcripts are received by the admissions office. All of the credit for the PhD Degree must be earned at Amridge University; 2. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for all courses taken at Amridge University; 3. Pass the respective Comprehensive Examination as specified within this publication; 4. Be awarded candidacy status in the PhD Degree Program; 5. Satisfactorily complete a dissertation that convinces the Dissertation Committee of student's superior knowledge within the student's program area. The student must achieve candidacy Status prior to enrolling in a dissertation module. The dissertation must make an original contribution to knowledge and demonstrate the student's ability to articulate material to others. The student has the responsibility to make all changes recommended by the Dissertation Committee and submit an amended and approved copy to the Registrar; 6. Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the student plans to graduate. Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records at make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met; 7. Dissertation Module IV serves as a Program Exit Examination. The student must receive a passing grade in the Dissertation Module IV in order to graduate; 8. Final defense: 8.a. The student must defend, and receive a passing grade for their doctoral dissertation before their dissertation committee, the dean of the School of Human services, and other faculty. This defense will take place in Montgomery at a time set by the dissertation committee. 8.b. The student must comply with all requirements for submission of the completed dissertation to the Amridge University Head Librarian. 9. Comply with all requirements for submission of the completed dissertation to the Amridge University Head Librarian; and 10. Be current on all tuition and fees owed to the University.

Adult Learners

Adult Learner Resources: Amridge University's library/research support is based upon some 15 to 20 million monographs, and some 150,000 journals in several of the nation's richest research library collections which offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in compatible/similar disciplines that Amridge University is offering or seeking to offer degrees. These resources give students and faculty access to 43 electronic databases that include hundreds of professional and scholarly journals, serials, and magazines containing thousands of full-text articles available in an Adobe Acrobat and other mainstream file formats that can be downloaded and printed on demand. Additionally, students and faculty can conduct online searches for traditional books and the University’s new eBooks collection. In turn, the traditional books may be checked out online with the respective books being shipped to the student or faculty member. The library and bookstore telephone is 800.351.4040, extension 7541.
Adult Learner Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/studentservices/resources/

Admissions and Enrollment

Admissions Requirements: Admission to the Amridge University PhD Degree Program in Professional Counseling will be offered to prospective students who have demonstrated the intellectual ability, the preparation, and the motivation for a scholarly vocation. The basis of this determination will be through the admissions application process where applicants for the PhD Degree Program in Professional Counseling must, as a minimum, meet eight admission requirements before being considered for admission to the program. These admission requirements are as follows: 1. Complete an Amridge University Admissions Application; 2. Have official transcripts sent to the Amridge University Admissions Office from every institution of higher education that the applicant attended; 3. Have completed a master's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. A related field may be family therapy, guidance, psychology, human services, educational psychology, mental health, social services, or similar area; 4. Develop and submit a monograph on the applicant's career goals. The monograph must be written solely by the applicant and may be 5 to 20 pages in length. Appendices, attachments, or other items sent with the monograph will not be accepted; 5. Submit a term paper or thesis from the master's degree level or a doctoral dissertation that is written in accordance with a style manual generally accepted by colleges and universities. The writing sample must have been written solely by the applicant and should reflect the applicant's research and academic writing skills. Ideally, the term paper shall contain grade marks by the course instructor to whom it was originally submitted;
Admissions Office Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/
Application Requirements: Applicants must submit an Application for Admission and a $50 nonrefundable application fee. The applicant must ensure that the admissions application is properly completed with the correct information and that all supporting documents, such as: official transcripts from each academic institution attended, are submitted as required. In order for a transcript to be official, the transcript must be sent directly from the institution to Amridge University. No student will be permitted to enroll a second term if there are any outstanding admission records. The provisional enrollment option is not available to Doctor of Philosophy students. The application is available on the University's web site. See program admissions requirements.
Enrollment Procedures:
  • Students need to be admitted to the institution before program registration.
  • Students can apply for admission via the Internet.
  • Students can register for this program via the Internet.

Credits and Schedule Details

Project Schedule: A copy of the latest edition of the course schedule is available on the Amridge University web site. Not applicable.
Additional Admission and Schedule Information: Amridge University defines satisfactory academic progress by two factors: an acceptable cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and completion of degree requirements within a specified time limit. If a student is not receiving government funded financial aid, the time limits for completion of the Doctor of Philosophy program is seven years.
Total Number of Credit Hours to Earn a Degree: Offered through the Amridge University School of Human Services, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree programs in Professional Counseling is a 60-semester hour rigorous research oriented program beyond the Master's degree. The number of hours required for the completion of this doctorate will depend on the number of graduate hours the student has already taken before entering the program.
Special Credit Arrangements for the Program: Additional admissions, transfer, and degree requirements are available on the Amridge University web site.

Cost Details

Average Course Costs: In-state:

Out-of-state:

Electronic rate: $2,625.00
The in-state and out-of-state rates are the same

Out-of-district:
Tuition rates for certain schools in Texas.
Materials Required and Other Tuition and Fee Considerations: Additional course fees will apply. Contact Amridge University for more information on tuition and fees. Also, contact Amridge University for information on locking in your tuition rate. The contact telephone number is 1.888.790.8080.

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