Master of Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Oregon State University's part-time 90-credit Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) program with an option in clinical mental health counseling is designed for those who want to help people, providing you the theory and practice to deliver professional counseling services in a clinical mental health setting.

The program is taught by OSU's College of Education counseling faculty who are renowned for their research and professional practice. With identical course work to the successful on-campus program at OSU Cascades, this new hybrid format expands OSU’s regional reach to further human health and wellness in urban and rural Oregon.

Make a difference

This program prepares you with high-level knowledge, clinical experience and credentials to work in a variety of settings, such as community counseling agencies, rehabilitation facilities, college counseling centers, primary care facilities, veterans affairs and private practice offices. You will develop skills to successfully help others by: 

  • Delivering comprehensive mental health counseling services focused on children, adolescents, adults and families
  • Making a profound difference in someone’s life
  • Promoting mental wellness and healthy relationships in a diverse society

Flexible, part-time program

This hybrid program includes online course work and in-person classes held two days each term in Salem, Oregon, and emphasizes academic excellence, competence in counseling skills and personal growth. Online course work is delivered through OSU Ecampus, a national leader in online education. Ideal for those who need flexibility in their schedule, this part-time program allows you to finish the degree in 3.5 to 4 years.

The collaborative cohort teaching model creates an environment in which students form strong bonds as they progress through the advanced course work together and enter the workforce.

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CACREP accredited

The program is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This accreditation allows you to take exams to meet initial eligibility requirements for licensure as an Oregon licensed professional counselor. Being a graduate of a CACREP program provides you a competitive career advantage and a greater chance for acceptance into a doctoral program in counseling.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.

To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.


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