D. Information for Applicants

Individuals interested in the OSU Counselor Education program should also read the Academic Website for the program at:

The Department of Education Studies has a website designed to assist you through the application process:

  • General Admission requirements (see Academic Website for complete details)
    • Undergraduate GPA (3.0)
    • Graduate GPA (3.2) – required for PhD Applicants
    • GRE (required for all applicants – please see this page for detailed information about score requirements: GRE Requirements (updated for admission 2019)

The application deadline for Autumn 2021 is December 1, 2020.
To learn more about our program, we encourage you to watch this 12 minute video:



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”

  • Interested applicants can learn about the Program of Study for both M.A. tracks and for the Ph.D. Program, download and read the current program-specific handbooks, and see all relevant documents and information for both the M.A. tracks in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling, as well as the Ph.D. in Counselor Education, under the link “Information for Current Students” on the list that appears on the right side of this page.

Information Sessions For Persons Interested in the Program

Each semester, the Counselor Education Program hosts several information sessions for persons interested in applying to, or simply learning more about, the Counselor Education program. Reservations are NOT required. All sessions are held in room 412 of the PAES building (305 W. Annie & John Glenn Avenue). We encourage all interested applicants to attend one of these sessions, if possible, to learn more about our program, meet faculty and current students, and tour the facilities.

Dates for these sessions are listed on the front page of this website.

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 more information, contact any of the program faculty.

Applications for Fall of 2021 are due December 1, 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be licensed as an LPCC in Ohio, students must complete a master’s degree in a board-recognized Counselor Education program. Degrees from programs in related areas (e.g., psychology, rehabilitation services, family therapy) WILL NOT qualify a person to get licensed as an LPCC.

The OSU Counselor Education Program meets all requirements for a Master’s Degree in a Board Recognized Counselor Education Program.  Students who complete the OSU Counselor Education Program take all courses and requirements in the program. Courses or other experiences from other programs will NOT be accepted as part of the OSU Counselor Education Degree Program.

The Ohio State University does not offer transcripts that reflect the titles of individual programs.  Students who have completed the coursework in the OSU Counselor Education Program are recognized as graduates of the Counselor Education Program, as all of our courses are closed to only our degree-seeking and admitted students. Students much complete the entire program at OSU in order to graduate.

Our courses are open only to our admitted, degree-seeking candidates. We do not offer “Grad Non-Degree” courses.  All Courses in the OSU Counselor Education Program are by permission of instructor only.

OSU Counselor Education Graduates: Students who are graduates of The Ohio State University Counselor Education program and who wish to return to complete a different counseling track (e.g., school or clinical) will be given consideration through a standardized admission process.

Information for Applicants:

Some information about our program:

The OSU Counselor Education Program is currently ranked in the top ten in the nation by US News and World Reports Guide to Best Graduate Schools. The master’s program has two tracks: school counseling and clinical mental health counseling. You must select a track at admission. Requests to transfer to the other track, or to complete both tracks, are handled individually, and are not guaranteed.

  • The school counseling track consists of 63 semester credit hours, including a 100-hour practicum (for 10 weeks)and 600-hour internship (for 2 semesters) in urban school settings. The school counseling program is national leader in the Transforming School Counseling Initiative, sponsored by The Education Trust. It prepares school counselors to be leaders and change agents that positively affect student achievement and career aspirations. In addition, the program fulfills the course requirements for the Ohio Department of Education’s school counseling license.
    Questions regarding the School Counseling Program can be addressed to:
    Dr. Colette Dollarhide (dollarhide.1@osu.edu)
  • The clinical mental health counseling track consists of 63 semester credit hours, including a 100-hour practicum (for 10 weeks) and 600-hour internship (for 2 semesters) in a clinic, hospital, community agency or private practice setting. Students in the clinical counseling program are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional disorders. Students also learn to incorporate wellness and prevention into their practice. The clinical program fulfills the course requirements for the State of Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credential.
    Questions regarding the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program can be addressed to:
    Dr. Darcy Haag Granello (granello.1@osu.edu)
  • The doctoral program is based on a scientist-practitioner model with an emphasis on theory, practice, leadership, supervision, and research. It prepares individuals for roles as counselor educators, professional counselors, supervisors, and directors of counseling in public schools, universities, and agencies. The program also provides a unique emphasis on interprofessional collaboration as well as opportunities for doctoral students to work alongside OSU counselor educators and other counseling leaders in the profession. Doctoral applicants must have completed a master’s degree in Counselor Education (e.g., School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Community Counseling) to be considered for the PhD. program in Counselor Education at OSU.
    Questions regarding the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education can be addressed to:
    Dr. Colette Dollarhide
    Dr. Darcy Haag Granello
    Dr. Paul Granello
    Dr. Brett Zyromski

In 2013, current PhD students developed a Word Cloud of what it means to be a student in the OSU Counselor Education Program. Click here for a copy of that word cloud.

Some general information about the Counselor Education Program:

  • All of our courses meet face-to-face at The Ohio State University campus, although meetings and work on off-site locations may be required. Most classes within the program meet at 4pm or later on Monday-Thursday evenings, to allow students to pursue employment, internships, or graduate associateships during the day. However, there are significant requirements outside of the classroom, especially during field experiences. Students must be available to perform their practicum and internship experiences during normal business hours of the site in which they are placed. There are also significant learning experiences that take place off site (e.g. visits to mental health facilities, conferences) or outside of class time, including evenings or weekends (e.g., workshops and program activities).
  • A sample schedule for the M.A. Program, which is intended for overall planning purposes and is not considered to be a finalized version, is available. Also available is an anticipated timeline for a two year program of study, and student handbooks and programs of study. All of this is available under “Information for Current Students” – on the list that appears on the right side of this page.

If any of these programs sound like something you might be interested in, we encourage you to apply. Of course, you can email any of the our program faculty for more information. Also, more information about special programming and initiatives is available on individual faculty websites.

(note: the Counselor Education Program resides in the Department of Educational Studies, in the College of Education & Human Ecology. Previously, the Counselor Education Program was in the School of PAES, College of Education & Human Ecology. The change went into effect January 1, 2013).