Master of Arts in Counseling
Northwestern University

Program Details

The Family Institute at Northwestern brings you this CACREP-accredited, online MA in Counseling. With a flexible curriculum that aligns with your goals, you’ll gain the skills and expand your knowledge to become a self-reflective, mental health practitioner. In fact, Northwestern offers two curricula in this online MA: Standard Program or Bridge to Counseling. In the Standard Program there are accelerated, traditional or part-time tracks for those with related experience or undergraduate degrees. The Bridge to Counseling option exists for those without related undergraduate study.Regardless of which track you follow, the online curriculum aligns with that taught on campus, where you’ll collaborate with others in your cohort. Examples of classes taught include:

  • Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Cultural Diversity in Counseling
  • Theory & Technique of Substance Abuse

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Northwestern University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Essay/Writing Sample, Interview, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Students are required to participate in two on-campus immersion experiences.