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


  • Students are required to participate in two on-campus immersion experiences
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Essay
  • Recent photo
  • Interview
  • Proof of English language proficiency, international applicants

Special Accreditation

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

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission