Earn a CACREP-Accredited Master of Arts in Counseling Online from NorthwesternEarn a CACREP-Accredited Master of Arts in Counseling Online from NorthwesternEarn a CACREP-Accredited Master of Arts in Counseling Online from Northwestern

Earn an esteemed counseling master’s degree online from The Family Institute at Northwestern University, one of thetop 10 universities in the nation.[1] Our curriculum introduces you to multiple therapeutic approaches so you can pursue licensure and serve people of all ages as a professional clinical mental health counselor.

Become an Effective Counselor

In the program, you will gain the skills to become a well-rounded mental health counselor through immersive learning experiences.

  • Clinical placement: Work directly with clients and gain 800 hours of field experience. Our dedicated placement team will ensure you have a placement site located in or near your community.
  • Immersions: Attend two on-campus immersions to experience in-person counselor training and form bonds with your peers and professors.
  • Active academic community: Get involved by becoming a student ambassador or working as a research assistant.

Complete a Practitioner-Focused Curriculum

The program curriculum blends counseling theory with hands-on experience so you can graduate ready to begin practicing in the field. All classes are taught by faculty who are active practitioners in the field.

Consisting of online classes, a Practicum, and Internship, the curriculum focuses on the roles of psychodynamic theory and self-reflection in one’s counseling practice. You also can pursue an emphasis on counseling for children and adolescents. The program can be completed on a part- or full-time basis.

“Counseling@Northwestern really blew me away with the lectures, the interactive pieces, and the ability to not only have class but also have meetings with my classmates. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything by not being on campus. “
—Sara Witzler, ’16

Immersive Online Learning Features

Learning from the same curriculum taught on campus, you will gain practical skills through live classes and interactive coursework. Online platform features include:

  • Live-streaming, HD video
  • Sharing, editing, and live chat tools
  • Small group breakout rooms
  • Access to full class recordings

Learn more about the MA in Counseling Program delivered online. Fill out the brief form above to receive more information.

[1] According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/northwestern-university-1739