Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling


  • The department will offer course and research leading to the award of Ph.D. in Guidance and Counselling, specializing in the following areas:-
  1. Career Counselling
  2. Personal-social counseling
  • Family counseling
  1. Counseling psychology
  2. Rehabilitative counseling
  3. Evaluation counseling
  • Candidates whose transcripts show deficiency at masters level would be made to make up such deficiencies along with the doctoral courses.



Registration for the Ph.D. Programme shall be open to both full time and part time candidates.



Full-time candidates shall after registration pursue their studies and research for a minimum of six semesters (3yrs) and a maximum of eighth semesters (4yrs) before being examined of the degree.

Part time candidates shall pursue their studies and research for a minimum of 10 semesters (5yr) and a maximum of 14 semesters (7yrs) before being examine for the degree.



The Doctor of Philosophy Programme in Guidance and counseling is designed for prospective administrators of Guidance and Counselling college/university teachers, counseling practitioners and research workers in counseling. In addition to the knowledge and skills developed in guidance and counseling, the doctoral programme focuses on those competences necessary to design, undertake, evaluate and complete significant research in counseling. The programme is designed to train students to conduct original research of quality, Internet and communicate the results of such research through writing and teaching. Key features of the programme are its research emphasis, problem centered oriented and focus on methodological skills.


  • Candidates who hold a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counselling or related discipline with at least a lower division from any University recognized by the senates of Bennie State University.
  • Candidate who hold qualification which together with relevant experience is deemed by the Faculty Board to be equivalent of (a) above.



(a) Requirements for Graduation

  1. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree programme must register and pass not less than 40 units of approved courses at the 700 level in Guidance and Counselling and related discipline. Each candidate must be credited with minim credit of 34 units course work and units sold your dissertation
  2. Candidates shall be required to achieve a minimum grade of C in their course work and must obtain a grade point average of 3(c) or above in order to graduate.
  • Candidates shall be required to select their field of specialization in consultation with their supervisors and the Head of Department. Such candidates must submit a dissertation resulting from research in his/her chosen field of specialization. Candidates shall be required to defend their proposal and resulting dissertation at oral.
  1. Post-Graduate Courses:


First Semester

Compulsory courses

Course Code Course Title                                       Credit Units

EDU 701         Research methods, Statistics and

data Processing                                               3

EGC 801         Personality Development                                2

EGC 803         Psychology of Development                           2

EGC 805         Organizational Behaviour & Counseling        2

EGC 807         Psychopathology of Childhood and

Adolescence                                                    2

EGC 813         Principles of Behaviour Modification             2

Optional: Choose any two                                                     15

Cource Code  Course Title                                       Course Unit

EGC 809         Introduction to Social Psychology                 2

EGC 11                       Studies in Occupational Information 2

EGC 717         Psychology of Learning                                  2

EGC 715         Individual Appraisal for Counsellors              2

Second Semester 4

Compulsory courses

Cource Code  Course Title                                       Course Unit

EGC 702         Ethics and Professional Issues in

Counselling                                                     2

EGC 704         Family Marital and Sexual Therapy                2

EGC 706         Psychology of Adjustment                             2

EGC 708         Advanced Practicum                                      5

EGC 716         Clinical Seminars                                            2

Optional: Choose Any Two                                                   13

EGC 810         Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency          2

EGC 812         Group Dynamics                                             2

EGC 814         Measurement and Appraisal In Counseling 2

EGC818          Behaviour and Rehabilitative Counselling     2

EGC 719         Dissertation                                                     6


Course Description:

EDU801 Research methods and Statistics & Data Processing (3)

Aims at developing research techniques formulation of problems, hypotheses; several basic approaches to research including historical, descriptive, experimental etc and reporting research results.

Introduction to statistical analysis, graphic and numerical summarization of data, prolixity and statistics, statistics information, hypotheses testing random processes and significance test, measure or relationship, multiple regression etc. and data processing.


EGC 812 Group Gynamics (2)

An investigation of the theoretical nature of groups and their application to the process of guidance and counseling. A study of group development, patterns and group climate, membership roles, leadership, communications and the life stages of a group. Application of these concepts is made through group observation and participation. Lectures, laboratory experience and related activities are involved in the course.


EGC 801 Personal Development (2)

Major concepts of personality their examined for mental health implications, understanding dynamics of personality development: how to create healthy conditions in group/class room/school; identification of individuals needing help and counseling.

Review of non-test techniques of appraisal. Laboratory experience in test construction; the evaluation, administration, scoring and interpretation of various types of standardized tests rating scales and interest inventories. Lecture, laboratory experiences and related activities are included.


EGC 808 Advanced Practicum in Counselling (5)

A supervised practicum in counseling techniques and guidance activities. The course has the following objectives; to upgrade a student’s counseling skills; knowledge and attitudes in working with youths/adults; to integrate his theory and practice in the road fields of counseling and promising organization patterns and practices. Opportunities are provided for practical application of testing skills; vocational and personal social information and referred procedures.


EGC 805 Organizational Behaviour and Counselling (3)

A survey of the various organizational theories, group behaviour and their application to councelling.




EGC 804 Family, Marital and sexual therapy (2)

Review of theories, assessment and treatment methods of family oriented intervention techniques with particular reference to the Nigerian Family. Basic elements of marriage, marital conflicts and counseling application for positive family growth and development will be focused.


EGC 812 Measurement and appraisal in Counselling (2)

A survey of the various types of measurement and of the general issues of test construction; reliability; validity and norms. Examination of the available techniques of appraising achievements; aptitude, interest and personality of the signs lecture classification and


EGC 802 Ethics and Professional Issues in Counselling (2)

A study of ethics and ethical standards in counseling theory and practice current discussion in professional issues in relation to counseling.


EGC 810 Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency (2)

The nature and extent of crime. Theories of crime and causation. Traditional context of deviancy in African societies contemporary administration of justice in Nigeria and its relation to personal and cultural conditions. Self concept and delinquency. Juvenile justice system.


EGC 807 Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence (2)

Intensive coverage of the ethiology, diagnosis and disturbances of children and youth.


EGC 809 Introduction to Social Psychology (2)

In intensive survey of theories, methods, research findings and application in social psychology.


EGC 811 Studies in occupational Information (2)

Appraisal of occupational information, collection, evaluation and classification job analysis and occupational trends. It includes field tries to industries and establishments to collect occupational information.


EGC 813 Principles of Behaviour Modification (2)

Survey of theory and research relevant to behaviur choice Emphasis on overant conditioning and the areas of research and application to behaviour problems seen in children and in adults.


EGC 806 Psychology of Adjustment (2)

Personality theory frustration and conflict, emphasis


EGC 817 Psychology of Learning (2)

An intensive survey of theories, methods, and research findings in learning emphasis on Torndike, Pavlov, Guthrice, Skinner, Hull, Tolman, Koffka theirs of learning and their implications for learning in various settings.


EGC 819 Dissertation (6)

A well-written dissertation resulting from a research study, selection of topic, problem definition, literature review, research design, field works, data analysis and interpretation under the supervision of an appointed supervisor.


EGC 816 Clinical Seminars (2)

A critical analysis and discussion of cases resulting from field work experiences.


EGC 718 Behaviour and Rehabilitative counseling (2)

Focuses on the abnormality in the functioning of all aspects of human personality and relationship the lead to behavioral basis and application of rehabilitative Councelling Techniques