Earn your master’s in counseling online from Northwestern University, ranked a top 10 national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.¹

The innovative, CACREP-accredited online Master of Arts in Counseling prepares students to become self-reflective practitioners who offer clinical mental health counseling to clients in a range of professional settings. With a curriculum that builds a foundation in traditional counseling practices while also incorporating the psychodynamic perspective and reflective practice, the Counseling@Northwestern program features:

  • Collaborative, live classes in which students build meaningful relationships with peers and faculty.
  • High-quality, self-paced coursework, including video case studies and research that integrates theoretical material with real-world therapeutic interactions with clients.
  • Courses designed and led by Northwestern University’s cutting-edge faculty, who are leading the way in the field of psychotherapy and setting the standard for innovative research, teaching, and service in the mental health field.
  • Six quarters of hands-on clinical practicum and internships selected by Northwestern University faculty and chosen with each student’s location and career goals in mind.
  • Full- and part-time options to enable students to pursue a degree on the schedule that meets their lifestyle.

Northwestern University is dedicated to preparing the next generation of counselors, including aspiring counselors who will enter the field for the first time. Neither prior counseling experience nor GRE scores are required for admission to Counseling@Northwestern. We offer a Standard Program and a Bridge to Counseling Program designed to prepare our less experienced students for coursework and clinical work with real clients. All coursework and clinical training is based on standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).