Credits required
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
$602 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Hybrid You can complete this program in a hybrid format that blends online coursework with in-person classes held periodically in Corvallis, Oregon. View the curriculum.
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Master of Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Oregon State University’s Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) with an option in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 90-credit program. The core curriculum is based on eight knowledge areas required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP):

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  • Professional counseling orientation and ethical practice
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Human growth and development
  • Career development
  • Counseling and helping relationships
  • Group counseling and group work
  • Assessment and testing
  • Research and program evaluation

You can find a wealth of program information in the College of Education's student handbook.

Degree requirements

A minimum of 90 quarter credits are required to graduate with your M.Coun. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Curriculum details are available on Oregon State's academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Applied psychopharmacology for counselors
  • Foundations of mental health counseling
  • Trauma-informed counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Counselor supervision

Please note: Only Oregon State students who are enrolled in a counseling degree program are eligible to register for online COUN courses at the 500 and 600 levels.

Additional program features


You are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of internship, totaling 20 credits, although you may choose to complete up to 24 credits of field experience. This is a great opportunity to serve your community while learning how to provide services that will help others. You are also required to complete a minimum of 100 hours (6 credits) of practicum to develop counseling individual counseling skills prior to enrolling in internship.

The online practicum and internship courses during years 2 and 3 are synchronous, which require “live” online attendance during specific dates and times.

Personal counseling

You are required to attend 10 individual counseling sessions and to participate in 10 hours of a group membership experience. These personal growth experiences allow you to observe and work with a practicing professional to achieve a greater understanding of the counseling process from a client’s perspective. This requirement is essential for personal growth.

Conferences and training

You are required to earn 6 contact hours (CEUs) of professional development activities by attending an approved professional conference.

Nationally administered exam

You must successfully pass a comprehensive national exam as determined by program faculty. You will be financially responsible for the cost of the exam.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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