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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


Oregon State's Ph.D. in Counseling curriculum includes exploration of issues that today's counselor educators, supervisors, and counselors are facing. The curriculum emphasizes cultural, theoretical, and research-based frameworks that can guide and inform student development into leaders in counselor education and supervision.

The program's focus is on advanced practice, counselor supervision and counselor education.

Degree requirements

A total of 150 quarter credits are required to graduate with your Ph.D. in Counseling. Up to 56 of those credits can be covered by your master’s degree and 94 will be done at OSU. Degree requirements and curriculum information are available on Oregon State's academic catalog.

Core program areas and sample course topics

  • Research and publication
  • Supervision
  • Advanced counseling theory and practice
  • Assessment
  • Career counseling
  • Consultation
  • Group counseling
  • Diversity and social justice
  • Counselor education

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


In order to graduate, you will be required to complete a 630-hour internship that is designed to further advance your competencies in basic skills, facilitative dimensions and the counseling process.

Weekend coursework and face-to-face meetings

The face-to-face weekend class sessions in downtown Portland are highly interactive and engaging. They focus on understanding cultural, theoretical and research-based frameworks that can guide and inform your development into a leader in counselor education and supervision.


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

State of Colorado: This program requires an internship. Although Oregon State University participates in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, we have limited authorization to offer programs that require internships in the state of Colorado. The Colorado internship site must provide workers’ compensation. In some cases, a proposed internship site may not provide worker’s compensation insurance and, as a result, is not available as an internship site. Please contact Shannon Riggs, associate vice provost for educational programs and learning innovation, with questions.

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