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.


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.



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

Information sessions and highlighted news

2022 Information Sessions

Register for an Upcoming Information Session

  • September 13, 2022 - 3 p.m. PDT
  • October 13, 2022 - 6 p.m. PDT
  • November 3, 2022 - 3 p.m. PDT
  • December 14, 2022 - 6 p.m. PST

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

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OSU Counseling recognized for promotion of LGBTGEQIAP+ awareness and affirmation

  • OSU Counseling was honored to receive the 2022 Counseling Program award from the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities. The award is presented to a program that has demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of LGBTGEQIAP+ awareness and affirmation, and will be presented at the national conference of the American Counseling Association this April.
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