Counseling (Masters)

Northern’s master's degree in counseling is a two-year plus two-summer program. It has two specializations: clinical mental health and school counseling.

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Counseling (Masters)

The program leads to a master’s of science in education degree with preparation for K-12 school or clinical mental health counseling certification/licensure. This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


Northern’s counseling program lets you choose your career path:

Clinical Mental Health

Prepare to work in an agency or private practice setting and become certified to work with children, adults, families and groups.


School counseling

Prepare to counsel K-12 children in private, public, or parochial schools. Your degree prepares you for a career in school guidance.


Forensic Counseling

Prepare to work in the criminal justice system and become certified to work with victims, first responders, and perpetrators.




Admission to the counseling program requirements include the following:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Completed graduate application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of career goals
  • An official transcript
  • $35 application fee


Application Deadlines

  • Dec. 15 for a January interview
  • Feb. 15 for an April interview
  • Newly admitted counseling students will begin the program during the fall semester of each year. 


Accreditation Information

Vital Statistics (Program/Student Outcomes) 2018-2019



Students selecting school counseling will be prepared to counsel K-12 children in private, public or parochial schools.


Students selecting clinical mental health counseling will be prepared to enter into an agency setting working with children, adults, families and groups. They also may work in a career guidance or employment setting.


Students will be prepared to take a state licensure or national certification exam in their preparation area.


Students must complete a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in either a clinical mental health setting or a school setting, depending on their specialization.


Students in this program will have the opportunity for a variety of graduate assistantships. Students will also have opportunities to work with people in their chosen field in practicum and internship.


The annual Janice Jirouch Counselor Education Scholarship is available for students in this program.

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