Counseling Program at Oregon State University College of Education

Oregon State University - Corvallis Counseling Academic Unit offers two graduate degree programs via Ecampus. This unit has offered graduate courses via Ecampus since 1944 and full graduate degrees via Ecampus since 1976. A traditional on-campus Master’s with a major in counseling (MCoun) is offered at OSU’s Cascades (in Bend).

OSU-Corvallis and Ecampus offers the following degree programs:

MCoun: Summer Sequential Hybrid School Counseling Program: This program leads to a MCoun degree with a major in counseling. Degree graduates are eligible for licensure as a school counselor from TSPC. The program is offered in a hybrid format (i.e., a mixture of in-class, synchronous web, and asynchronous web instruction). The in-class portion takes place two Friday/Saturdays each quarter in Salem, OR. Apply here.

PhD: Hybrid Counseling Program: This program leads to a PhD degree with a major in counseling. The program is offered in a hybrid format (i.e., a mixture of in-class, synchronous web, and asynchronous web instruction). The in-class portion takes place two weekends each quarter in Wilsonville, OR. The synchronous web portion takes place weekly on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings. The asynchronous web components occur via Blackboard. Apply here.

OSU-Cascades offers three options for an MCoun:

School Counseling (teaching experience/teaching license): This program is designed for students who have already obtained a teaching credential and have at least two years of teaching experience. If you are a licensed teacher, you can be admitted to the master's program and complete the required courses for the Initial and Continuing School Counselor license as a part of your degree.

School Counseling (non-teaching experience): This program is designed for persons without a teaching license or teaching experience. Students must complete the Master of Counseling Degree to be eligible for the Initial School Counselor license. Coursework in this track includes 125 hours of school-based observations and at least 75 hours of direct responsibility for classroom instruction.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program: The Clinical Mental Health counseling track is designed for individuals who want to work in community agencies, treatment programs, community colleges, and other counseling centers. Graduate students in the clinical mental health counseling program work in the OSU-Cascades Mental Health Clinic which offers free mental health services to the Central Oregon community.


The mission of the Oregon State University graduate program in Counseling is to prepare professional leaders who promote the social, psychological and physical well-being of individuals, families, communities and organizations.

We believe that such professional leaders stand for social, economic and political justice and therefore must be prepared to be proactive educators, change agents and advocates in the face of injustice. Professional leaders are sensitive to life span developmental issues, demonstrate multicultural awareness, and recognize a global perspective as integral to the preparation of professional leaders.

DRIVE Philosophy

The program, faculty and students honor lived experiences of all individuals and aspire to develop a learning community that embraces and affirms the concepts of D.R.I.V.E. (Dignity, Respect, Integrity, Value and Equality). As a program we support and hold to the ethical principles set forth by the American Counseling Association.

Program Outcomes Report

The Ph.D. program is CACREP accredited until March 2016 and is in the process of re-accreditation now. OSU is committed to continuing CACREP accreditation. In 2014-5, the Ph.D. program had 11 graduates. Approximately 90 percent of enrolled students within the cohort completed the program. The average student took 48 months to complete the program.  Sixty five percent of graduates seeking a job within the counselor education field obtained employment within 6 months of graduation 100 percent in one year. In 2014-5, the Ph.D. program received 38 applications; 20 interviewed, 12 students were admitted.  Average class size is 12-15 students. See the Program Outcomes Report

OSU's Counseling Education Program meets or exceeds all criteria or standards of excellence established by the Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

We are one of six Oregon institutions with CACREP accredited programs. Our doctoral program is the only CACREP program on the west coast. Our faculty are committed to the personal and professional development of our students and to the ongoing development of our program.

Contact Information

MCoun Program:

Ecampus (School Counseling): Dr. Gene Eakin,, 541-737-8551

OSU-Cascades (School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health): Jessica Buhrle,, 541-322-3118

PhD Program: 

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