Admissions: Ph.D. in Counseling

Admission requirements

Final cohort composition is determined based on application strength, interview performance, and program resources.

  • The minimal prerequisite is a master’s degree in counseling or a related field (You must have completed a 600 hr. clinical internship with documented programmatic supervision to apply.).
  • Academic background
  • Personal and emotional suitability
  • Volunteer or paid experience in the helping professions
  • Educational and professional goals
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on both undergraduate and graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation including one from a recent or current clinical supervisor
  • A writing sample

Applicants who meet the initial application criteria are screened and top candidates are invited for in-person interviews in Wilsonville, Oregon. Visit the College of Education Counseling website for additional information.

Application deadline

To guarantee consideration, apply by January 29.

How to apply

This program has moved to an all online graduate school application.
Follow instructions on the graduate school application and upload additional documents required by the Ph.D. in Counseling program.


For Ph.D. inquiries and pre-admission advising contact:

Mary Aguilera 
Program coordinator and instructor

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.


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