Online Master’s Degrees from The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityOnline Master’s Degrees from The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityOnline Master’s Degrees from The Family Institute at Northwestern University

The Family Institute at Northwestern University offers two online master’s programs, the Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, each dedicated to developing well-qualified, compassionate clinicians. Both programs are branches of their on-campus components, continuing a strong legacy of community wellbeing.

Online Master of Arts in Counseling

Counseling@Northwestern is an accredited online master’s program that prepares students to become self-reflective clinical mental health counselors. With a rigorous curriculum focused on theories and evidence-based practices, Counseling@Northwestern blends live classes with clinical field placements at faculty-approved sites.

Students with an undergraduate degree in psychology may enter the Standard Program, while those without previous clinical experience or a psychology degree begin the Bridge to Counseling Program, which introduces foundational concepts in introductory classes.

Curriculum Highlights

24 graduate-level courses

200 hour practicum

600 hour internship

In-person immersions

Child and adolescent emphasis available

Program Outcomes

As a student, you will enjoy a unique educational journey, training alongside expert therapists in an experimental learning environment. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career focused on strengthening and healing families from all walks of life.

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Online Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

MFT@Northwestern is a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program offered by The Family Institute, combining online learning with innovative therapeutic methods and in-person clinical experiences. Aspiring therapists are encouraged to consider relationships, the larger system, and social justice, applying a multicultural lens as they develop client treatment plans.

Curriculum Highlights

24 graduate-level courses

500 hour clinical practicum, including 200 relational hours

250 hours of group and individual supervision

In-person immersions

Full- and part-time options

Program Outcomes

As a student, you will enjoy a unique educational journey, training alongside expert therapists in an experimental learning environment. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career focused on strengthening and healing families from all walks of life.

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About The Family Institute

As a national leader in behavioral health, The Family Institute is focused on strengthening and healing children, couples, families, and individuals across the lifespan. Students within our programs have access to top-tier research, education, and clinical services, advancing their passion for relationship-based behavioral therapy. Above all else, The Family Institute is committed to educating the behavioral health leaders of tomorrow.

Build Resilient, Healthy Communities with an Online Master’s Degree from The Family Institute at Northwestern University

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