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The program leading to the Master of Arts in Counseling consists of the following three sequences:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • School Counseling

All M.A. in Counseling sequences fulfill the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as a professional counselor in the State of Illinois: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Rehabilitation Counseling also fulfills the national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

Credit hours required: 48-60 (see Academic Catalog for details)

Admission Information 

The program admits students for the fall and spring semesters.

Program Benefits 

The Goodwin College of Education offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes.

Students get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain connections to companies and organizations.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Career Options 

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students for employment in such settings as, but not limited to:

  • mental health agencies
  • community counseling agencies
  • chemical dependency programs
  • hospitals
  • crisis centers

The Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares students for employment in such settings as, but not limited to:

  • state vocational rehabilitation offices
  • Veterans Affairs Administration
  • Social Security Administration
  • mental health systems
  • developmental disability agencies

The School Counseling program prepares students for employment in settings at:

  • elementary school
  • middle school
  • high school 

​​For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in Counseling, its concentrations and the courses offered toward the degree.

Counseling, M.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Counselor Education at (773) 442-5550 or

Counselor Education

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to more than 9,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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