Doctoral Degrees

College of Education

Doctor of Education in Professional Counseling and Supervision


Mission Statement

The Mission of the Professional Counseling and Supervision program (Ed.D.) is to prepare counseling professionals to positively impact their clients and communities of service through effective practices and programs, leadership, and advocacy.

 Ed.D. in Professional Counseling and Supervision equips graduates with the skills they need for advancement and/or achievement in counseling-related positions. The curriculum builds upon skills and knowledge acquired through previous degrees in counseling and extends graduates' knowledge through an emphasis on program evaluation, clinical and administrative supervision, and advocacy and leadership.

At the completion of the program, students defend a professional practice dissertation that is designed to evaluate and improve programs in order to positively impact the clients and communities of service in which they work. 

Doctor of Education with a Major in School Improvement


3 years| Credit Hours: 60

The online Ed.D. program in School Improvement offers a unique  opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become the next generation of change agents. Our mission is to develop educational professionals who initiate systemic and sustainable improvement in schools. Graduates will strategically and collaboratively plan, design, implement, and document the impact of educational improvements that promote and increase the academic achievement and social development of all students.

Two things make the Ed.D. in School Improvement unique (1) the program provides for students to develop a specialized "Area of Concentration" and (2) students work on their dissertations simultaneously with their coursework. Students can complete their dissertation by the end of their coursework.

College of Social Sciences

Ph.D. in Psychology: Consciousness and Society


The Ph.D. program in Psychology is focused on the study of Consciousness and Society. It is grounded in the Department's approach to psychology as a distinctively human science.  It will educate future scholars and practitioners at the highest level of the discipline to make original contributions to theory and knowledge. Our graduates will serve as researchers, consultants, leaders, and teachers who can creatively facilitate transformations in a global society.  The program reflects three theoretical approaches to analyze the intersection of consciousness and society: Humanistic, Critical, & Transpersonal. These approaches serve as reflexive and reflective anchors to the scholarly trajectory of our students in developing their own research interests.  All of the theoretic perspectives that inform the curriculum indicate a fundamental value of the program, to privilege the question of one’s subjective accounting of an event, either in experiential or discursive terms.  Whether in terms of reflexivity or awareness, this value links each of these traditions to more qualitative approaches to which the Departmental teaching is also committed.  In all of our classes and projects, the Psychology Department offers a more integrative and nuanced approach toward consciousness and society, including an awareness of the less explored spiritual dimensions that inform individual and community life. This promise is made good in our foundation in transpersonal psychologies with their articulation of the wisdom traditions.  Our broad based sense of the place of community life for the individual translates into our support of social justice and ecological and integrative thinking. It dovetails with our effort to continually creatively address the relationship between theory and praxis through more ethically informed and engaged modalities of research.

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School of Nursing

Doctor of Education with a Major in Nursing Education


University of West Georgia School of Nursing ranked 48th in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2014).

 11 semesters | 60 hours (includes 12 dissertation hours)

UWG's online EdD in Nursing Education is designed to prepare nurse educators for the 21st century. The School of Nursing and the College of Education have collaborated to develop the joint curriculum.  The 100% online program will enable students to earn a doctorate degree that will prepare them to train future nurses, helping address a critical shortage in the state, region and nation. This is one of only four such programs in the nation!