Applicants to the Oregon State University - Cascades graduate counseling program share a commitment to working with children, youth, adults or families in a school, community college, agency or professional setting.  A complete application will include the items listed below.  All of these items except the official transcripts can be found in or uploaded to the online application.  For full admission to the graduate teaching program, students must demonstrate and submit the following:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts from each institution are required, including any graduate coursework or degrees completed
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate degree and all work completed thereafter (if you have questions or concerns regarding your GPA, please contact our recruitment coordinator)
  3. Résumé
    • Prepare a current résumé detailing your (in the following order):
      1. Educational experience
      2. Work experience
      3. Volunteer experience
      4. Diversity/social justice experience
  4. Teachers Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) Character Questionnaire
    • The TSPC Character Questionnaire is available via the online application and may be completed there
  5. Statement of Objectives – please address the following in 2-4 pages
    • Your personal qualities, values, and professionally related experiences that make graduate study in counseling appropriate for you
    • Your highest hopes and greatest concerns about yourself as a student and as a counselor
    • Your experience working with diversity and commitment to understanding diversity
    • Your overall preparation to enter your chosen field
    • Additional experience that seem particularly relevant to this application
    • Your readiness for graduate study
  6. Three Confidential Letters of Recommendation - You must have references that can speak to your:
    • Academic ability
    • Experience in the helping professions
    • Character

You will need to provide Name and Email Address information for 3 references, not related to you. When your application is processed, an email is sent from OSU to each reference writer to ask him or her to submit a confidential electronic letter for you.  Please direct references to admit@osucascades.edu directly if he/she has any issues with this system.  The reference letters must be received by the deadline for an application to be considered complete.  Please plan accordingly for submission of your application to allow sufficient time for references to submit letters on your behalf.  Please direct questions or concerns regarding this timeline to Enrollment Services, admit@osucascades.edu or 541-322-3100. 

Please make sure your first and last names appear on all of your application materials. You may submit your materials in one of the following methods:

Enrollment Services
OSU Cascades
1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, OR 97702