Note: International Students are not eligible for participation in this program.  Due to the program's part-time status, international students are unable to obtain an appropriate educational visa.

Applications to the PhD in Counseling program are now closed. Please return in Fall 2017 to apply for a 2018 start.

Admission to the program is by application to the Oregon State University Graduate School. Admission requirements for the Oregon State University Graduate School may be found at the admissions website.  Applications received after the specified deadline may be considered for admission depending on space. 

Applications for the 2017 Cohort for a PhD in Counseling are due January 31, 2017.


The minimal prerequisite is a master’s degree in counseling or a related field. Academic background, personal and emotional suitability, volunteer or paid experience in the helping professions, and the educational and professional goals of each candidate are evaluated before admission is granted. Screening includes, but is not limited to, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 90 hours of undergraduate and graduate work, three letters of recommendation including one from a recent or current clinical supervisor, and a writing sample. Applicants who meet the initial application criteria are screened and top candidates are invited for in-person interviews. Final cohort composition is determined based on application strength, interview performance, and program resources. 

Candidates will complete the following to apply for admission to the doctoral program.​

  • Unofficial copies of all transcripts (admitted students will need to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School)
  • A current resume detailing educational, work, and volunteer experience and relevant skills.
  • Program Application Materials:
    • Certification of Accuracy
    • Criminal Records Disclosure
    • Two general letters of recommendation
    • One letter of recommendation from a current or recent clinical supervisor attesting to your counseling skills.
    • Pre-Requisite Information Technology Competencies
    • Writing Sample
    • Completed OSU Master’s Program Content Checklist

Apply to the PhD in Counseling program


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Contact Information:

PhD Inquiries and Pre-Admission Advising contact: Mary Aguilera, , 541-737-2232