Northwestern University

Master of Arts in Counseling


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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 an accelerated full-time, traditional, 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 an emphasis in child and adolescent counseling. Students who choose this emphasis 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.

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Program Highlights

  • CACREP Accredited
  • Earn your MA in Counseling from Northwestern in as few as 18 months
  • Accelerated full-time, traditional, or part-time tracks available
  • Live, face-to-face interaction through weekly classes instructed by Northwestern’s expert faculty
  • A “learn by doing” model that includes six consecutive quarters of immersive clinical field experience
  • A focus on self-reflection, which helps students develop a multifaceted counselor identity 

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Weekly Live Classes:

Group discussions, evaluation of client-counselor interactions.


Self-Paced Coursework:

Asynchronous learning on track with your cohort.


Clinical Field Placements: 

Clinical experience placement specialists.



Learn more about the online counseling education experience from Counseling@Northwestern.

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