The Ph.D. in Counseling program prepares students to work as advanced practitioners, clinical supervisors and counselor educators in clinical and academic settings. The goal of the program emphasizes student contribution to the counseling profession through research while understanding and addressing the societal changes of today's communities. OSU's program is CACREP accredited and aims to prepare graduates to be leaders and advocates for change.

This doctorate program is offered by Oregon State University's College of Education and Ecampus.


PhD Open House fall info webinars (Via Zoom)

The Counseling Program at Oregon State University is pleased to offer three 1-hour doctoral program information webinars this fall term. We welcome any persons who are interested in applying to our PhD in Counseling program and would like to speak directly with a faculty member about program-related matters that our program website has not adequately addressed. 


  • Sept 20, 2021, at 5 pm. Faculty Host: Dr. Cass Dykeman
  • October 11, 2021, at 5 pm. Faculty Host: Dr. Kok-Mun Ng
  • November 10, 2021, at 5 pm. Faculty Host: Dr. Cass Dykeman

RSVP here  

Please RSVP minimum two days in advance of a particular webinar date. The faculty hosting the webinar will email registered attendees a Zoom link for the webinar a day before the event.


PhD in Counseling Q&A webinar for applicants
Host: Cass Dykeman

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PST

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Applicants are required to have a master's in counseling or closely related field, which can be applied to your Ph.D. total credits. Interested students must have a commitment to solving critical human problems in our increasingly diverse world.

Collaborative cohort model

As a Ph.D. in Counseling student, you become a member of a supportive and active cohort of peers. Past participants have included working professional counselors from Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii and Alaska. Each student is guided by a department professor or advisor throughout this three- to five-year (post-master's) doctoral degree program.

Online/face-to-face hybrid format

The program operates as a "hybrid" program involving both face-to-face and online instruction for each course. Face-to-face classes occur only twice each quarter in a Friday through Saturday block held in the OSU Portland Center. Because the face-to-face course location is in downtown Portland, it is easily accessible from the Portland International Airport and surrounding regions, making it possible for out-of-state students to participate.

Financial Aid

Since it is a part-time program, financial support such as loans and grants are much more limited than for full-time programs. Many scholarships are not available to part-time students, and there are no teaching or research assistantships since these require full-time enrollment. We assume that our students are fully employed as counselors in their specialty areas, but this is not required.

For more information

Contact April LaGue, Clinical Assistant Professor at [email protected]