Welcome to Counseling@Northwestern
A Master of Arts in Counseling Program Delivered Online
Counseling@Northwestern, the CACREP-accredited online Master of Arts in Counseling Program from The Family Institute at Northwestern University, prepares strong, self-reflective clinical mental health counselors. You will be immersed in a dynamic curriculum rooted in psychodynamic theory along with three quarters of Practicum and three quarters of Internship training also grounded in theory and informed by evidence-based practices.
With the same rigorous curriculum taught by faculty with clinical and academic expertise, Counseling@Northwestern blends live, face-to-face classes; self-paced coursework; and immersive clinical field placements selected based on your location. Upon completion of Counseling@Northwestern, you will earn the same degree and receive the same diploma as students graduating from the on-campus program. Our highly collaborative online learning environment is unique among counseling programs in the United States because you experience unparalleled opportunities for intellectual, professional, and personal growth.
Counseling@Northwestern provides students across the country the chance to earn an esteemed masters in counseling online from Northwestern University without relocating. Graduates leave prepared to become self-reflective practitioners who provide high-quality mental health services to help clients lead healthier, more empowered lives.
About the Master of Arts in Counseling Degree
Through an unprecedented fusion of education and dynamic clinical training, the Master of Arts in Counseling from Northwestern University prepares clinical mental health counselors to provide direct mental health care to those in need.
Dedicated to preparing tomorrow's counselors, Northwestern University's online masters in counseling program stands on four pillars of excellence:
- Online MA in Counseling Degree from Northwestern University: Using a highly collaborative online environment, we combine pioneering research and innovative teaching to exceed traditional academic boundaries and provide opportunities for growth in both the counseling discipline and in your personal life.
- Dynamic clinical training: You will be immersed in clinical training for six quarters, exposing you to clinical work in conjunction with your academic experiences. The program faculty are seasoned practitioners and academics who have worked with diverse populations throughout their careers, and they provide you with valuable insight into real-world clinical experiences. At every stage in counselor development, you will be prepared with the necessary skills and knowledge to facilitate the growth and well-being of clients with a range of concerns.
- Traditional counseling foundation: Guided by the theoretical and intellectual traditions of the counseling discipline, you will develop a strong counselor identity and be prepared to achieve licensure in the field. Each course is conceptualized in the context of ethics, multiculturalism, life span development, advocacy and outreach, and evidence-based practice. You will also complete the supervised clinical experiences and curriculum required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
- Historical perspective: Rooted in counseling psychology, our program is dedicated to training and mentoring the next generation of mental health innovators and leaders. You will examine the depths and complexities of the psychodynamic perspective on a level that is typically reserved for doctoral training, as you grow to understand the centrality of the therapeutic relationship and the importance of therapist self-reflection.
Instilled with powerful self-reflective capabilities and a strong foundation in the psychodynamic perspective, graduates from Northwestern's highly regarded Counseling Program have gone on to excel in the fields of mental health, human services, and academia.
Licensed counselors are legally permitted to practice clinical mental health counseling autonomously. While the exact scope of practice varies from state to state, most clinical counselors are allowed to diagnose and treat mental health concerns. Licensed counselors may work in agencies and other settings. They may also work in private practice and many accept third-party insurance reimbursement. Many licensed counselors also provide mental health consultation and supervision.
After earning an MA in Counseling degree, counselors must complete their licensure in order to practice. The requirements for a counseling license are state-specific and include additional post-master’s supervised clinical hours and examination.
Graduates from Northwestern’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program are prepared with the skills and knowledge to sit for licensing exams in each of the 50 states, including the District of Columbia. In fact, 100 percent of graduates from the on-campus program passed the National Counselors Examination (NCE) in 2013. Program graduates are also well positioned for further graduate training and employment opportunities.
Licensure requirements differ from state to state, but most state licensing boards require a master’s degree from a CACREP- or CORE-accredited program. We encourage students to research the requirements specific to each state.
Northwestern University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Northwestern University’s on-campus Master of Arts in Counseling Program and Counseling@Northwestern online program have received an eight-year accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which renews in 2023. A CACREP accredited program allows a student to be license-eligible in most states. Some states require more clinical field placement hours and/or coursework then the CACREP standards. Once enrolled in the program, Northwestern will work with students to meet their field placement hour requirement and discuss any post-graduate coursework requirements in their resident state.
To learn more about Counseling@Northwestern, please contact an admissions counselor at 1-844-684-6221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.