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90 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 90 quarter credits are equal to 60 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$538 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Hybrid This program is not fully online. It includes classes held twice a term in Salem, Oregon.
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Master of Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Admissions requirements

The minimum prerequisite is a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Course work in psychology is preferred but not required.

Qualifications for admissions are determined by both the OSU Graduate School and the program. Visit the OSU Graduate School website to review the minimum admissions requirements.

Criteria include:

  • Academic background - evidenced by your undergraduate GPA and references
  • Alignment of professional goals and personal qualities with the profession of mental health counseling - evidenced by your statement of objectives and references
  • Applicability of educational background to the profession of mental health counseling - evidenced by transcripts
  • Relevance of work/volunteer experience to the profession of mental health counseling -  evidenced by your résumé and references
  • Commitment to cross-cultural experiences and social justice -  evidenced by your statement of objectives and references.

Note: Unfortunately, due to the program's part-time status, international students are unable to obtain an appropriate educational visa to be eligible for participation in this program. International students may wish to inquire about our full-time program at OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon.

When to apply

The application deadline for the summer 2019 cohort is Feb. 15, 2019.

The application for the 2018-19 year is now closed. We welcome you to apply for the cohort beginning in Summer 2019.
Please visit the Graduate School application website after September 15th if you wish to apply.

How to apply

To apply to the OSU Graduate School and to the Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) program, go to the OSU Graduate School’s online application form. Log in or click on "create new account" to begin the application process. Please select major code 2970.

The nonrefundable application fee is $75.

Required application materials

  • Official transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé
  • Statement of objectives
  • Letters of recommendation

Official transcripts

Submit official transcripts (including school stamp/seal) from all post-secondary institutions attended.


Detail your relevant experience, in the following order:

  • Educational experience
  • Work experience
  • Volunteer experience
  • Diversity/social justice experience (e.g., cross-cultural immersion, advocacy &/or direct action, language proficiencies)

Statement of objectives

Submit a written personal statement (2-3 pages, 12-pt font, double-spaced) that addresses:

  • Why you are pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling (as opposed to related degrees like a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical psychology or a master’s degree in social work or school counseling);
  • What prompted you to do so at this point in your life;
  • The personal qualities, values and experiences that make graduate study in counseling appropriate for you;
  • What experiences have shaped your beliefs about diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, and peoples’ capacity for change; and
  • Your professional goals and concerns about yourself as a student and as a counselor trainee.

While the content of this statement is most important, it is also a writing sample that gives the admissions committee an idea of your attention to style, grammar, and syntax, which speaks to your ability to write at the graduate level.

Letters of recommendation

Provide the names and email addresses of three professional references who can attest to your personal and professional qualities and your readiness for graduate study. They must be willing to supply letters of professional reference on your behalf. These individuals will be contacted directly by the OSU Graduate School and asked to independently upload their letters.

Ideal references can speak to your:

  • Academic ability and/or potential for graduate study
  • Experience in the helping professions (volunteer/employment)
  • Character
  • Encounters with individuals whose background or cultures differed from yours

References may include employers or internship/volunteer supervisors, faculty, mentors or community members (e.g., religious or community leaders). Please do not include family members, personal therapists/counselors, current or former supervisees or clients.

Important Note:  Please allow yourself, your references, and your former institutions ample time to submit your materials, to prevent any delays in processing or consideration of your application.

All applicants are evaluated for their fit with the vision and mission of the university, the Graduate School, College of Education and the Counseling Academic Unit. Admission decision recommendations are made by the unit’s selection committee and include consideration of your relevant career goals, aptitude for graduate-level study, potential for success in forming effective counseling relationships and respect for cultural differences.

Note: Although the Graduate School application is submitted online electronically – and all of the documentation (scores, transcripts, etc.) can be uploaded as attachments – some students may choose to mail their documentation. (You DO NOT have to mail AND upload your documents.)

Accompanying materials can be mailed to:
OSU Graduate School
300 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR, 97331


For admissions questions, please contact:

Arien Muzacz, PhD, NCC, LPC, LMHC, ACS
Instructor and program coordinator
OSU College of Education
email Arien

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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.

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