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7 Reasons to Choose Daybreak University
for your Ph.D. in Counseling...

If you’re already a licensed therapist and considering a PhD in Counseling and/or becoming an advanced clinician, supervisor, professor, or researcher,
Daybreak University is a stand-out choice. Not just for the usual reasons therapists go back to get their PhD’s. Sure, we’ll help you get ready to teach
at the University level and we’ll also help get your research published too. But there’s a whole lot more that we offer. Take a look at these 7 reasons
to choose Daybreak right now.

1. Making Advanced Couples and Family Therapists is all we do.

Daybreak University solely focuses on offering specialized degree programs in Counseling, so the expertise of the professors and the University covers all aspects of Couples and Family Therapy with deep specializations in Marriage and Family Therapy, Imago Couple Therapy, and Sex Therapy. We don’t have a business school or an engineering program...Making great mental health professionals is all we do. Our counseling expertise is deep and wide, so we’ve got you covered. You can review the Ph.D. in Counseling specializations below and see the required courses and elective classes available:

2. Seize the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of something exciting and new.

Many outdated universities suffer from too many old ideas that weren’t practical in the first place, such as untouchable tenured professors that have taught the same three classes for the past 20 years or University Ph.D. dissertation requirements that are so rigid, that candidates have to choose from a handful of narrow and undesirable research topics. Daybreak’s Ph.D. research requirements are much more progressive with the overarching goal of advancing the field of counseling, while candidates work in teams towards their research goals. Not only is research a team sport at Daybreak, but you also have a wide range of areas of study to consider for your Ph.D. research focus.

3. All classes are available online through Zoom.

All courses are available 100% online, so regardless of what else you’re juggling in life, your Daybreak classes can seamlessly integrate into your life. No need to sit in traffic for hours just to get to class on time. Just find a nice quiet spot to work and join your class (and friends) online. Even summer vacations are easy to accommodate, when all you need is a laptop and a good internet connection to keep up.

4. The financial value proposition at Daybreak University is unbelievable.

The current 2021 PhD in Counseling tuition and fees are only $430 per credit or $1,935 per class, with an expected total program cost of only $39,900 for all 93 units. That’s less than half the cost of other PhD programs. Similar programs have a total cost in the low six figures. No matter how you slice it, there’s an extra $50,000 or more that you get to keep! Many students are able to fund their Daybreak PhD’s without the need for student loans. If you’re already in private practice, once you’ve completed your PhD, a small increase in your hourly rate could cover your entire tuition in a year or two.

5. Our class offering includes thousands of dollars in Imago formal clinical training, which is not included in other PhD programs.

We have addressed one of the biggest complaints many graduate students have around the world...I need more real world training! Most graduate programs only teach the basics and then students have to spend many thousands more for specialized outside training programs (such as Imago Relationship Therapy or AASECT Sex Therapy Training) in order to feel competent and able to help their clients in these specialized areas. Daybreak programs include expert professors, many of which are also Master Trainers in Imago Relationship Therapy and/or Sex Therapy. So, when you graduate from this program you will feel confident, competent, and ready to help individuals, couples, and/or sex therapy clients.

6. We have a genuine warmth and closeness among our students and faculty. You will make real friends all around the world.

The culture of Daybreak University is specifically designed to be a flat structured egalitarian learning environment, rather than the traditional top-down university hierarchy environment that many of us have come to know. As a result, there is a genuine warmth and closeness among students and faculty that is uncommon in higher learning institutions. In addition, our professors and students hail from all over the world, including various parts of Africa, South Korea, Denmark, Canada, France, the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, and even Texas! The richness of these diverse backgrounds provides a wonderful breadth of deep learning opportunities in class. By the time you graduate, you’ll have friends and colleagues all over the world.

7. Daybreak is a nationally accredited University with strategic partnerships, including IITI (Imago International Training Institute)for couple therapy training and AASECT(American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) for sex therapy training.

Daybreak is a fully accredited University in the United States as a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (ED), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

In California, our MA in Counseling program with a Specialization in MFT meets the statutory requirements for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Once you complete our licensure track MFT program, you will meet the educational requirements to sit for the MFT licensure exam.

We are also an Organizational Provider approved by AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) for sex therapy training and certification.

Finally, our University co-chancellors and distinguished professors, Harville Hendrix, PhD and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD are the co-founders of Imago Relationship Therapy. Together, they have written over 10 books, including three New York Times bestsellers. They are actively guiding the couples therapy world and creating a deeper understanding of couples relationship dynamics, while providing clinical techniques, so therapists like you can help couples transform their relationships. Thanks to our partnership with Harville and Helen, the University is chock full of Imago Relationship experts.

You may also be wondering about prerequisites and admissions requirements. If you have a Master’s degree in Counseling or a closely related field from an accredited college or university and you maintained a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, then you’re all set to apply. The Daybreak PhD in Counseling does not require any additional prerequisite course work. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to become an exceptional Counseling Psychologist.

As far as logistics go, most of our academic terms last 10 weeks. Classes meet twice a week for three hours each. Occasionally, we also offer 2 or 3 week intensives where you can quickly knock out a class if your schedule allows. Feel free to read all the details about our academic terms and application deadlines.

If you are interested in Daybreak University, please complete this application form now. You can also follow-up with our Daybreak University admissions department by emailing: or calling (310) 739-0132.

We exist for one reason. We’re here to help change the world for the better. Our way of going about it, is to create an army of big hearted therapists and psychologists, dedicated to changing the world one relationship at a time! We hope you’ll join us.

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