Program Accreditation

The Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered by Eastern Oregon University (EOU) is designed to meet the 2016 Standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). However, EOU’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is not currently accredited by CACREP. The program is designed for you to be able to meet the educational and clinical experience requirements for counseling licensure in most states (see exceptions below). CACREP accreditation will be applied for by the program as soon as it is eligible, which is upon graduation of the first cohort, estimated for August 2025.

EOU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). NWCCU is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the States of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. NWCCU is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. NWCCU is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), affirming that its Standards and processes are consistent with the quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established. Accreditation by NWCCU is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. 

Master's Degree graduates walking to receive their diplomas at EOU Commencement

It is through its regional accreditation by NWCCU, recognition by CHEA, and NC-SARA authorization that EOU’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program meets the educational requirements for counseling licensure and/or certification, in the states in which it offers the program.Currently, EOU’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree does not meet the requirements for licensure in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.