The online Master of Arts in Counseling Program from The Family Institute at Northwestern University seeks students who are dedicated to helping others and capable of succeeding in a rigorous graduate program. As a student, you should be open to receiving feedback and analyzing your experiences, opinions, and personal traits so you can become a self-reflective counselor.

“Admitted candidates will have demonstrated good to excellent writing skills, an openness to self-reflection and awareness, and the ability to listen to and work with others. We are also looking for a level of maturity required to meet the demands of our rigorous clinical and academic expectations.”

—Stephannee Standefer, Program Director

Counseling@Northwestern offers rolling admissions, with four program start dates per year in January, April, June, and September. Each cohort has a priority deadline and a final deadline.

Priority deadline:
This deadline enables you to receive an admissions decision sooner and waives the $95 application fee.
Final deadline:
This deadline is the last day to submit your application to be considered for your desired cohort.

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible so you can start planning your academic and career journey. View the upcoming application deadlines below or visit the application requirements page for a complete list of the items you must include when submitting your application.

Application Deadlines 

January 2019 Cohort

January 2019 Cohort
Deadline Date
Early Decision Deadline Closed
Priority Deadline September 21, 2018
Final Deadline October 29, 2018
Classes Begin January 7, 2019

April 2019 Cohort

April 2019 Cohort
Deadline Date
Early Decision Deadline November 9, 2018
Priority Deadline December 10, 2018
Final Deadline January 28, 2019
Classes Begin April 1, 2019

June 2019 Cohort

June 2019 Cohort
Deadline Date
Early Decision Deadline March 1, 2019
Priority Deadline March 29, 2019
Final Deadline April 22, 2019
Classes Begin June 24, 2019

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact the admissions team at 1-844-684-6221 or