OSU Counselor Education Program Website

Incoming MA Class 2019


Incoming PhD Class 2019


See the story about the #1 Ranking here!

All three programs have 8 year CACREP Accreditation (2016-2024)
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
M.A. in School Counseling
Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision

For academic information according to the OSU Graduate Catalog,
please visit the OSU Academic Website for the program


The application deadline for Autumn 2020 is December 1, 2019.

To learn more about our program, we encourage you to watch this 12 minute video:

The Counselor Education program will host a series of informational meetings for individuals interested in the Counselor Education Program.  At these sessions, you can meet program faculty and students, tour our facilities, and learn about our program and our profession. All sessions will be held in the PAES Building (305 Annie & John Glenn Avenue), on the 4th floor. You do not need to make a reservation to attend these events.

Open House/Information Sessions for individuals interested in the OSU Counselor Education Program:

PAES Building, Room 412, 305 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus OH 43210

  • Tuesday, September 10 7-9pm
  • Thursday, October 10 2-4pm
  • Friday, November 1 10-12am

If you are unable to attend one of these in-person information sessions, you can watch this presentation online, which is the PowerPoint presentation from the information session:

For Specific Program Requirements:
Please see the OSU Counselor Education Academic Page for program requirements. Look under “Master of Arts in Counselor Education” or “PhD in Educational Studies: Counselor Education”.


  • U.S. News & World Report Ranking
    • Number 1 in the nation (2020)
  • CACREP Accreditation
    • 8 year accreditation (highest allowable amount) for all three programs
    • 2016-2024
  • Licensure Pass Rate
    The OSU Counselor Education Program once again has the highest possible passing rate on the Professional Counselor Licensure Exams.

    • LPC Exam:
      • The national pass rate for the National Counseling Exam or NCE – (for licensure as an LPC, or Licensed Professional Counselor) is 78%
      • The Ohio State University pass rate (on the first try!) for the National Counseling Exam is 100%
    • School Counseling Exam
      • The Ohio State University pass rate for the School Counseling Exam is 100%


Focus on Student & Faculty Strengths

Each week in the 2019-2020 academic year, the OSU Counselor Education Program will again highlight a personal strength (based on the VIA strength finder, available at: viacharacter.org). Students & faculty with each of these strengths will be celebrated each week. Congratulations to all of our students & faculty who use their strengths to be outstanding counselors, educators, and advocates.


Orientation: August 19, 2019

Incoming M.A. Class 2019

Incoming Ph.D. Class 2019


Counselor Education Picnic: September 8, 2019

Counselor Education Picnic 2019


Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention: October 6, 2019

Counselor Ed. Team- Out of the Darkness Walk 2019

The Counselor Education Program had 53 people walking on our team and raised $4700, making our team in the top ten in fundraising in the Central Ohio Walk. Congratulations, everyone!

All Ohio Counselors Conference: November 6-8, 2019

  • Thank you to all who were able to join us on Thursday, November 7, for the OSU Reception at the All Ohio Counselors Conference,
    Including the awarding of the Susan Sears Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Brenda Gerhardt (Ph.D. ’10).
  • Thank you to our students volunteers, our presenters, and our PhD students, who represented the OSU Program at the Doctoral Student Showcase

    M.A. Students at the OSU Reception

    PhD Students at the Doctoral Showcase