Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours for the mental health counseling option or 57 credit hours for the school counseling option. This includes 100 clock-hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship as well as a creative component portfolio that demonstrates competency. Students wishing to complete a thesis instead of a creative component must complete 63 credit hours.
Students in the school counseling option who are pursuing licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) must complete 63 total hours of coursework that meets the content requirements of the Oklahoma Licensing board.
Courses are offered on the OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa campuses, with high-quality training clinics at both locations.
Research and Faculty
Students have opportunities to research alongside expert faculty throughout the program, including presenting at national conferences. Faculty research and professional interests:
- Couple and family relationships
- Ethics and social justice
- Play therapy
- Health and wellness promotion
- Counseling LGBTQIA clients
- Multicultural and international issues
- College student retention
- Children and adolescents
- Body image and disordered eating
- Mentoring and supervision
Dr. Tonya Hammer, associate professor of counseling, directs the Body Image and Disordered Eating (BIDE) Lab on the OSU-Tulsa campus, which includes research participation from master’s and doctoral counseling students. In collaboration with community partners, the research-to-action lab studies how body image plays a role in social justice, cultural diversity and individual and collective health.
Research Labs and Initiatives:
- Body Image and Disordered Eating Lab
- Diversity and Rural Advocacy Group
- Spirituality, Resilience, Inclusion and Tolerance Lab
- Sexual Health Research Lab
- Trauma Recovery and Growth Lab
Applications are accepted twice per year and must be received by January 25 for summer/fall admission or August 25 for spring admission. Applications will be screened by a faculty committee, and finalists will be asked to participate in a mandatory on-campus interview.
To apply for the program, submit the following:
- Graduate College application
- Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (2.75 minimum undergraduate GPA required)
- Current resume/vita
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official GRE scores* (within the last five years)
- Personal statement of professional experience and goals
* Those applying for the 2020-2021 application cycle (summer-fall 2021 admission) will not be required to submit a GRE or MAT test score.
Cost & Assistance
Students who enroll full time may be eligible for tuition waivers or graduate assistantships. Part-time employment opportunities on and off campus are also available.
Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.