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
$589 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 Portland, Oregon.
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Ph.D. in Counseling

Admissions 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 at Oregon State University's Portland Center. Visit the College of Education Counseling website for additional information.

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.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the summer 2020 cohort is Jan. 15, 2020.

Applications for the Ph.D. in Counseling program are now closed. Please return in Fall 2019 to apply for next year's cohort.

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:

Lisa L. Schulz, Ph.D.
Program lead
OSU College of Education

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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