Ph.D. in Counseling

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 in Wilsonville, Ore. Because the face-to-face course location is in the Portland Metro area, it is easily accessible from the Portland International Airport and surrounding regions, making it possible for out-of-state students to participate.

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This is not a teacher or professional licensure program

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.

Alabama residents notice

State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama teaching certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree and grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought, and for which Alabama issues a certificate. In addition, administration area certificate applicants in Alabama must document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). For the latest information on certification in the state of Alabama, please visit the Alabama Department of Education.