48 months
873 USD/credit 13095 USD/year
504 USD/credit 7560 USD/year
504 USD/credit 7560 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Education in Counseling at Northern Illinois University provides preparation in the theory, techniques, and information needed by the professional counselor. The academic requirements as set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education and the National Board for Certified Counselors are fully met by graduates of this program. 


Program Details

Through individualized planning, a Counseling program Northern Illinois University may be designed to focus on one of the following areas of professional counselor preparation: school counseling and clinical mental health counseling.

Area(s) of Emphasis:

  • Specialization in School Counseling
  • Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

An applicant must demonstrate satisfactory academic and professional progress as indicated by data included in the application for admission to the Graduate School and separate application to the counseling program.

Applicants to the program in counseling must attend a pre-admission workshop and be selected by the faculty on the basis of aptitude, ability, professional disposition and personal qualifications requisite for the field. Prior to the pre-admission workshop, applicants must complete the supplementary data forms and take any required tests. Admission to the master’s program in counseling is competitive and takes place once a year in the spring. Students are admitted for the summer session or fall semester. All materials must be received by the Graduate School and the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education by February 1. Applicants are usually notified of an admission decision within three weeks of the pre-admission workshop.

Why NIU?

Each year, Northern Illinois University welcomes more than 5,000 graduate students from around the world to our vibrant community. We invite you to join us. Explore our wide range of graduate degrees and certificates. Our programs will advance your education and your career, and you'll have outstanding opportunities for research, innovation and hands-on learning.

Our university and individual programs of study rank nationally year after year. NIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies NIU as a High Research Activity University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Identity and Ethics in Counseling
  • Diagnosis of Mental Health Issues in Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Counseling Skills and Strategies
  • Counseling Theories and Practices
  • Standardized Testing
  • Group Counseling
  • Practicum in Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or one with equivalent recognition.
  • Achieved a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale, or the equivalent.
  • If you received a three-year degree awarded through the Bologna process in Europe or a three-year Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration awarded in India, you are eligible to apply (provided you are seeking admission to the MBA or OMIS program).
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Test scores (if required).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
  • Additional materials required by your program.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    13095 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 873 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    7560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 504 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 504 USD per credit during 48 months.

Living costs for DeKalb

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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