Counseling Program at Oregon State University College of Education

We offer both a Master of Counseling (MCoun) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree.  Our graduate program was founded in 1916 and has a history of excellence and success. The program is second oldest program in the United States, second only to Harvard.

Students in the MCoun degree program must complete a major option in addition to the core courses for the degree. At present, the two major options available are:

(1) School Counseling (through Ecampus with hybrid classes in Salem and OSU-Cascades)

(2) Clinical Mental Health Counseling (at OSU-Cascades).

The program attracts high quality students from the national scene, maintains an excellent reputation for quality among peers, effectively blends experiential learning with in-class instruction, and successfully places its graduates in professional positions, both as counselors and as counselor education faculty.

Additionally, our 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.


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 intrviewed 12 students were admitted.  Average class size is 12-15 students.

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Application Information

MCoun Program: The MCoun with a School Counseling Major Option offered through Ecampus is a three year part-time hybrid program.

The MCoun at OSU-Cascades in Bend offers a part-time option that spans three years as well as a full-time option that can be completed in two years. Both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling major option and the School Counseling major option are available through OSU-Cascades

PhD Program: FAQs

Contact Information

PhD Program: 

Admission process and administrative questions contact: Gosia Wojtas,, 541-737-4317

PhD Inquiries and Pre-Admission Advising contact: Catherine Beckett,, 503-319-8998

MCoun Program:

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

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