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 values 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.”


Cohort Starts and Deadlines

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

Please note: Those from international locations planning to study in the U.S. on a student or temporary visa are not eligible for admission to the digital campus at this time. 





CohortsEarly Decision DeadlinePriority Application DeadlineFinal Application DeadlineClasses Begin
September 2024
May 10, 2024
June 7, 2024
July 1, 2024
September 2024

Early Decision Deadline:

This deadline allows you receive an admissions decision sooner, have the $95 application fee waived, and be one of the first to choose your peer group interview time if you are eligible for an interview. Ask your admissions counselor for details.

Priority Deadline:

This deadline enables you to receive an admissions decision sooner and waive the $95 application fee. Ask your admissions counselor for details.

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.

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