How to apply

Master of Counseling in School Counseling

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.  International students are eligible to apply to the full-time Master in Counseling in School Counseling at OSU-Cascades.

Applications for the Master of Counseling in School Counseling program are CLOSED. 

How do I know if I'm ready to start graduate school? 

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


Candidates will complete the following to apply for admission

Application materials required:

  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal Mission Statement 
  • 3 letters of reference:  It is recommended that these letters come from supervisors who have watched you work with children, adolescents, families and who can attest to your potential for working as a school counselor.



The minimal prerequisite is a baccalaureate degree. 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 all undergraduate work or on the last 90 credit hours, three letters of recommendation, and a mission statement about why you want to be a school counselor. A personal interview is required for those applicants who meet the initial application criteria.  




Other Recommendations:

  • Arrange a visit with one or more school counselors at the level at which you intend to work.  If invited for an interview, you will be expected to describe your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a school counselor at that level. 
  • If possible, attend the Oregon School Counselor Association Conference held the second Friday in October every year.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet school counselors and attend workshops about issues of concern to the profession. 
  • Spend time on the web, learning about the school counseling profession and some of the issues of primary concern to the profession.  You will be expected in your Mission Statement and application interview – if selected for one – to address your understanding of those issues and your desire to become an agent of change in addressing those issues. 

Be sure you understand that this program is a part-time program that takes three years to complete. Also know that our student population tends to have more work experience and life experience.  As of September of 2019, we have admitted 106 students with 100% of students seeking a position finding one before or immediately after program completion.


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