About the Program

Our nationally 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 progress together, and both academic knowledge and theory. The experience of closely supervised practicum and internships build competence in counseling skills and in personal growth.

Learning Outcomes


Students elect to concentrate in one of two options:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (90 credit hours)
School Counseling (78-84 credit hours)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

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.

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

School Counseling (teaching experience/teaching license)

This program is designed for students who have already obtained a teaching credential and have at least two years of teaching experience. If you are a licensed teacher, you can be admitted to the MCoun program and complete the required courses for the Initial and Continuing School Counselor license as a part of your MCoun degree.

School Counseling (non-teaching experience)

This program is designed for persons without a teaching license or teaching experience. Students must complete the MCoun degree to be eligible for the Initial School Counselor license. Coursework in this track includes 125 hours of school-based observations and at least 75 hours of direct responsibility for classroom instruction.


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.  

Part-Time and Full-Time Options

The OSU-Cascades Master of Counseling program offers a part-time option that spans three years as well as a full-time option that can be completed in two years. Program begins June of each year. Students choosing the part-time option take on average two classes per term, while students choosing the full-time option average four classes per term. All classes are held in the evenings, starting at 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday with an occasional class being offered in a weekend format.

MCounPracticum and Internship

The coursework for this program integrates academic knowledge and theory with counseling practice and internships. In addition to coursework, students complete a 100 hour practicum and a 600 hour internship for school track or a 900 hour internship for Clinical Mental Health. The master's level internship hours in the final year are intensive and typically range from 20-30 clock hours per week.

Completion of this degree meets academic eligibility requirements for School Counselor Licensure from TSPC and Licensed Professional Counselor from the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.

Licensing Opportunities

Licensed Professional Counselor

All MCoun Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) from the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (www.oblcpt.state.or.us).  Graduate students in counseling are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (www.nbcc.org) during the last quarter of their degree program.  The results of this examination and other post-degree experiences required by OBLPCT are used to earn LPC status in Oregon.

School Counselor Licenses

The school counseling program has Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) approval to offer both initial and continuing state licensure as a school counselor. Individual advisement by your major professor is necessary to evaluate readiness for licensure.  (For further information on TSPC, go to www.tspc.state.or.us/)

Housing for Graduate Students

Enjoy on-campus living in the OSU-Cascades residence hall. Graduate student housing at OSU-Cascades is designed to give you a living environment full of amenities that's close to all campus resources. Our residence hall offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, bike/ski/snowboard storage, no deposits or utility fees, laundry and high-speed internet access. Learn more