Northwestern University

Master of Arts in Counseling

The Family Institute at Northwestern University offers a CACREP-accredited online Master of Arts in Counseling degree. The program places emphasis on extensive clinical training and self-reflection to prepare powerful, well-rounded counselors to practice in a variety of mental health settings. This program can be taken on-campus or online through Counseling@Northwestern.

The program is available on a full or part time basis and offers two program tracks - including the Bridge Program for career changers. Both programs feature practicum and internship training. Counseling@Northwestern also offers a specialization in child and adolescent counseling. Students who choose this concentration will take electives that focus on children and teens, and will learn how to meet the needs of this special population. Upon graduation, these students will be fully prepared to treat children but will also be trained to work with adults.

nate perron

Learn More: Interview with Dr. Nate Perron – Director of Clinical Training at Northwestern University
Another benefit of our online program is that our faculty is largely practicing throughout the country as well. This places us directly in the field and engaged with clients, both for the benefit of our clinical skill, our clients and the students that we serve." Read more from Dr. Nate Perron's interview

tonya davis

Learn More: Interview with Tonya Davis  – Assistant Director of Clinical Training at Northwestern University
I am always in some capacity looking at my role as an assistant director of clinical training (ADCT) through a cross-racial supervisory lens. The students that I serve in this role as well as the clients they serve can benefit from my multicultural competence and awareness." Read more from Tonya Davis's interview

The Counseling@Northwestern Program from The Family Institute at Northwestern University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Learn more about Counseling@Northwestern and their online master's degree:
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Program Information

School Name: The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Program Name: Master of Arts in Counseling

Program Length: 18 months to three years

Enrollment Types: Full-Time or Part-Time

Instruction Methods: Asynchronous and Synchronous

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Phone Number: (844) 684-6221

  • Students enroll in one of two separate program tracks
    • The Standard Program requires 24 courses
    • Bridge to Counseling Program requires 27 courses, 24 of which are the same as in the Standard Program, plus an additional quarter of courses designed to orient students to the key theories of the field.
  • 200-hour practicum
  • 600-hour internship


  • Child and Adolescent Counseling

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Unofficial transcripts
  3. Minimum of two letters of recommendation from professional or academic references
  4. Current Resume
  5. Statement of Purpose explaining 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.
  6. One Supplemental Essay: 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.
  7. Recent Photo
  8. Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if post-secondary work was outside the United States 
Learn More: Request Information Directly from Counseling@Northwestern.

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