Master of Counseling
Master of Counseling
Clinical Mental Health
Counselors play an important role in helping people of all ages manage trauma, anxiety, stress and more. Our CACREP-accredited counseling program enables graduates to deliver professional counseling services in a clinical mental health or school setting.
The program is distinguished by exceptional in-classroom instruction, a cohort model where students form strong bonds, and both academic knowledge and theory. The experience of closely supervised practicum and internships build competence in counseling skills and in personal growth. Learn more.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (90 credits)
The Clinical Mental Health counseling track is designed for individuals who want to work in community agencies, treatment programs, community colleges, and other counseling centers. During practicum, graduate students in the clinical mental health counseling program work in the OSU-Cascades Counseling Clinic which offers free mental health services to the Central Oregon community.
School Counseling Program (90 credits for students entering 2023 and later)
This program is designed for persons seeking an initial school counseling license. Incoming students must complete the 90-credit MCoun degree to be eligible for the Initial School Counselor license. Coursework in this track includes two field experiences: a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour practicum in a K-12 school.
Promoting and Advancing Training of High Desert School Counselors (PATH-SC)
OSU-Cascades Master of Counseling program and High Desert ESD are excited to share our new Department of Education grant-funded program: Promoting and Advancing Training of High Desert School Counselors. This program is intended to increase the number and diversity of qualified school counselors in high-needs, rural K-12 schools by providing financial support for participants and intentional relationship-building and mentoring throughout the program. The Department of Education grant is expected to be renewed annually for five years, resulting in a final PATH-SC eligible cohort in the 2025 application cycle.
The Master of Counseling program at OSU-Cascades is accredited by the Council for Accrediting Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is recognized as the gold standard for university counseling programs.
Our graduate program follows a cohort model. As you learn in-person with fellow counseling students, you’ll make connections, develop friendships and create a professional network that will last a lifetime.
Our nationally accredited counseling program enables graduates to deliver professional counseling services in a clinical mental health or school settings.
The sequential nature of the program integrates academic knowledge and counseling theory with closely supervised counseling practice. Students enrolled in the sequence progress through the program in a cohort model. The cohort model allows students to develop a strong bond with one another and establish a supportive community while in the program and a professional network of future colleagues.
Courses are offered in-person at the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon. The program is distinguished by exceptional in-classroom instruction, where learning objectives are accomplished through multiple methods of instruction including lecture of content, seminar-based discussions, role plays, experiential activities, written assignments, the use of online material and media, and accrual of clinical hours through field-based experience.
Summer 2024 Admission
Application Opens: September 20, 2023
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
First Round Decisions Made: End of December, 2023
Interviews Held: Mid-January, 2024
Final Decisions Made: Mid-February, 2024
Cohorts begin each June. Find the program that fits you best — we offer a two-year, full-time option or three-year, part-time option.
Faculty Who Lead
Associate Professor of Counseling Ryan Reese is the 2023 Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award Recipient. The award honors trailblazers whose vision, passion and leadership skills help advance the counseling profession and encourage others to do the same.
The program's clinic offers free mental health services to Central Oregon. You'll gain real-world experience helping patients address their challenges while receiving valuable feedback and guidance.
Choose your path from here
Build relationships and practice your skills before you graduate through practicum and internship placement in a mental health setting or K-12 school.
Students who graduate with a Master of Counseling degree from OSU-Cascades go on to work in community agencies, treatment programs, community colleges, counseling centers and schools. It’s a career you can be proud of.