Counseling (Online)

Degree Types: MA

Through nonprofit affiliate The Family Institute, Northwestern University offers Counseling@Northwestern, a CACREP-accredited online Master of Arts in Counseling Program. By delivering this master’s degree online, we enable aspiring clinical mental health counselors across the United States to earn the same degree as our on-campus students without attending classes in Evanston, Illinois. 


This rigorous online master’s degree program values diversity, clinical immersion, and self-reflection, challenging aspiring clinicians to develop a unique professional identity. Students learn a variety of evidence-based practices and theoretical approaches, preparing them to help clients from all backgrounds overcome a wide range of mental health-related challenges. 


Counseling@Northwestern uses a learning-by-doing model in which weekly online classroom discussions and assignments support in-person clinical experiences. To earn their degree, students:

  • collaborate with Northwestern faculty and approximately nine other students during weekly online classes;
  • complete video coursework that provides additional training in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment; and
  • work directly with clients during supervised, Northwestern-approved placements located as close to their communities as possible.

After completing the Counseling@Northwestern program requirements, students earn an MA in Counseling and are prepared to pursue licensure as clinical mental health counselors in most states. 

For more detailed information about the online master’s degree in counseling or the program-specific admissions requirements, visit the Counseling@Northwestern website.

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