Application Requirements & Deadlines
The online Master of Arts in Counseling Program from The Family Institute at Northwestern University seeks students who are dedicated to the field of counseling and have the academic ability to meet the demands of a rigorous graduate counseling program.
Counseling@Northwestern offers four program start dates per year, typically in January, April, June, and September. Applications are now being accepted for the start dates listed below. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
September 2017 Cohort
|Priority Deadline||June 23, 2017|
|Final Application Deadline||July 24, 2017|
|Classes Start||September 19, 2017|
We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will receive your admissions decision and can begin making plans for your education, potential licensure, and future career.
Counseling@Northwestern is a highly selective graduate degree program that admits a diverse group of students from an array of academic and professional backgrounds. To be eligible for the online masters in counseling program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. While a degree in psychology or human services is preferred, it is not required.
To complete your application, you must submit the following items within the online application.
You must submit unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended, including community college or study abroad programs. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded directly to the online application.
Official transcripts should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Application Processing Services
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706
Letters of Recommendation
You must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation from professional or academic references who can speak to your dedication to the field of counseling and your ability to succeed in a competitive master’s degree program.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
You must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae, detailing any relevant clinical experiences you may have.
Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose should explain your interest in earning your Master of Arts in Counseling from Northwestern University. The statement should include how your educational and/or professional background has prepared you to succeed in a master’s degree program and how you will be an asset to the Northwestern community.
Write a supplemental essay that explains how you are suited to the field of counseling and why you are choosing to pursue your counseling master’s degree through Counseling@Northwestern. Be sure to address why you are choosing mental health counseling as opposed to other mental health fields such as social work, psychology, school counseling, etc.
You must submit a recent photo of yourself. This picture should be a headshot similar to a passport photo and should not include other individuals. Please upload standard image files such as .png, .jpg, .gif, and .pdf.
If you completed your post-secondary academic work outside of the United States, you must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last two years. These scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service to Northwestern University using institution code 1565 and object code 01.
GRE scores are not required for admission to the program.
Note: All students must be US citizens or permanent residents living in the United States throughout the program. Non-US citizens and students living outside the United States are not eligible for the program at this time.
It is encouraged that you apply for financial aid when you complete your online application. Learn more about financial aid.
There is also a $95 nonrefundable application fee required at the time you submit your application. You can pay your fee with a debit or credit card in the online application. In addition to submitting these items, applicants will be required to complete a group interview with the admissions committee on the online learning platform. You will receive a request to schedule this group interview once your application is complete.
If you have questions about the admissions process, please contact the admissions team at 1-844-684-6221 or email@example.com.