Credits required
150 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 150 quarter credits are equal to 100 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 Portland, Oregon. View the curriculum.
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Ph.D. in Counseling

Be a counselor educator, supervisor – and a leader

Oregon State University's Ph.D. in Counseling program prepares students to work as advanced practitioners, clinical supervisors and counselor educators in clinical and academic settings. The program emphasizes student contribution to the counseling profession through research while understanding and addressing the societal changes of today's communities.

OSU counseling honored for LGBTGEQIAP+ awareness

Oregon State received the 2022 Counseling Program award from the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities. The award is presented to programs that demonstrate a commitment to the promotion of LGBTGEQIAP+ awareness and affirmation. Read more »

OSU's Ph.D. program is CACREP-accredited and aims to prepare graduates to be leaders and advocates for change. It is offered by Oregon State's College of Education, and courses are delivered online by OSU Ecampus.


Applicants are required to have a master's degree in counseling or closely related field, which can be applied toward your Ph.D. total credits. You must have a commitment to the counseling profession and to solving critical human problems in our increasingly diverse world.

Collaborative cohort model

As a Ph.D. in Counseling student, you will be a member of a supportive and active cohort of peers. Past participants have included working professional counselors from across the U.S. 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 at Oregon State’s downtown Portland classroom building. Because the face-to-face course location is in the Portland metropolitan 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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Oregon State counseling Ph.D. student earns $20,000 national fellowship award

Daniel Cisneros, a student in Oregon State’s Ph.D. in Counseling online program, has been awarded a $20,000 counseling fellowship from the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation to aid his research efforts and professional work that focus on serving LGBTQ+ and other...

100 years of making an impact

One hundred years. A full century. That’s how long Oregon State University has made a commitment to training students to become world-class counselors who make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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lt; 1 minute read As a mom and working professional living in Montana, Kathryn Franklin didn’t have many options when it came to furthering her education – until she found Oregon State Ecampus, where she earned a Ph.D. in Counseling.