The Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A., offered through the Department of Counselor Education, fulfills 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). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through the year 2024. In addition, the program’s graduate students are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) during their last year of study. A passing score on the NCE is one of the requirements for the LPC or LCPC.  

Credit hours required: 60


The program admits students for the fall and spring semesters.

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Program Benefits

The Department of Counselor Education is housed within the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. The College offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes. The Department offers flexible evening classes.

Students in Counselor Education receive personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain valuable connections in the counseling field at local, national and international levels.

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 settings including, but not limited to:

  • mental health agencies
  • community counseling agencies
  • chemical dependency programs
  • hospitals
  • crisis centers
  • family counseling clinics
  • court services

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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the courses offered toward the degree.

Clinical Mental Health 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

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Northeastern Illinois University is home to more than 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.

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