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
$590 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 You can complete this program in a hybrid format that blends online coursework with in-person classes held periodically in Wilsonville, 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

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.

Personal counseling

You are required to attend 10 individual counseling sessions and to participate in 10 hours of a group counseling 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 24 contact hours (CEUs) of professional development activities by attending an approved professional conference along with additional workshops, webinars, conferences or seminars.

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 to operate in your state.

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