Earn a Master of Counseling

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Clinical Mental Health or School Counseling Options

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.

Promoting and Advancing Training of High Desert School Counselors

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 (PATH-SC). 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. Learn more.

Flexible Schedule

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.

Counseling Clinic

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.


Clinical Mental Health Counseling (90 credit hours)
School Counseling (90 credit hours)

Nationally Accredited, In-Person Program

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.


Learn more about admission requirements.

Graduate Student Housing

Enjoy on-campus living at OSU-Cascades. All room types are open to graduate students but many choose to live in a single room with a private bathroom, or with other graduate students in apartment-style suites.