Listen. Influence. Encourage.

A counselor can make a profound difference in someone's life. Earn a master of counseling degree at OSU-Cascades.

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Nationally Accredited, On-Site Program

OSU-Cascades nationally accredited graduate counseling program provides the theory and practice to enable you to deliver professional counseling services in a clinical mental health or school setting.

Our graduate counseling program prepares the counselors of tomorrow with exceptional in-classroom instruction using a cohort model where students form strong bonds as they progress through their coursework together.


Students elect to concentrate in one of two options:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (90 credit hours - equivalent to 60 semester hours)
  • School Counseling (75-81 credit hours)

Both options emphasize academic excellence, competence in counseling skills and personal growth. Advanced coursework and the collaborative cohort teaching model integrate academic knowledge and theory, with practical experience through closely supervised practicum and internships.


The counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accrediting Counseling and Related Educational Programs, (CACREP),the gold standard in graduate counseling programs. This accreditation allows the student to take exams needed to meet initial eligibility requirements for licensure as an Oregon Licensed Professional Counselor. The program is recognized by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and the National Board of Certified Counselors as meeting the coursework requirements for state licensing and national certification.

CACREP Vital Statistics 2017 Program Information

OSU Counseling Academic Unit (CAU) faculty engages in continuous curricular and program assessments. Areas evaluated align with, and exceed, those specified by CACREP and the OSU Graduate School. We aim to provide exceptional learning environments and educational experiences for counseling students. Faculty collect and review comprehensive data each academic year (AY) as detailed in the CAU comprehensive assessment plan. This annual program report summary includes assessment results. The report can be found here.   

Classes begin each June

Choose from the three-year, part-time program or the two-year, full-time program beginning each June.