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. The application deadline was January 15, 2022.

How do I know if I'm ready for a PhD program? 

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.

Prepare for Graduate School



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.

  • Upload into the online application (NOTE: Paper applications will NOT be accepted.)
    • Unofficial copies of all transcripts*
    • A current resume detailing educational, work, and volunteer experience and relevant skills.
    • Writing Sample
  • Program Application Materials (this will be completed within the online application):
    • 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
    • Completed OSU Master’s Program Content Checklist
  • Applicants who did not graduate from a CACREP/CORE accredited programs, must fill out the Entry Level Requirements Form.

*After completing the online application please submit official transcripts to the Graduate School.



Graduate School
Office of Admissions
Financial Aid


Misty De Lei, counseling head advisor at [email protected]