Become a Counselor and Drive Real Change

Take the next step: Earn a CACREP-accredited master’s in counseling.

The online Master of Arts in Counseling Program from The Family Institute at Northwestern University prepares you to work directly with children and adults as a clinical mental health counselor without attending classes on campus.

No matter how much counseling experience you have, our CACREP-accredited curriculum will prepare you to pursue licensure and make a difference for clients in many professional settings.

Why Counseling@Northwestern?

Real Experience

Help people in need during 18 consecutive months of supervised training at clinical sites near your community.

Real Faculty

Learn key counseling concepts directly from Northwestern faculty who are experienced, active practitioners.

Real Growth

Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue licensure as a mental health counselor.

Real Connections

Build strong relationships with your professors and other aspiring counselors from across the United States.

Student Experience

  • Face-to-face online classes held weekly
  • Interactive coursework accessible 24/7
  • Hands-on experience at qualified clinical sites
  • Two in-person immersions in Chicago

Full-time and part-time tracks to fit your lifestyle

Bridge to Counseling Program for students new to the field

No GRE scores required for admission

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