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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Northeastern Illinois University

24 months
865 USD/credit 25950 USD/year
865 USD/credit 25950 USD/year
432 USD/credit 12960 USD/year
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The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program of the Northeastern Illinois University is offered through the Department of Counselor Education and 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).


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 the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program of the Northeastern Illinois University 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices
  • Developmental Counseling
  • Theories Of Counseling
  • Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling
  • Individual Counseling Skills
  • Group Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application for Admission to Graduate Programs
  • $30 application fee
  • Counselor Education application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended OR transcripts sent electronically to Northeastern Illinois University through Parchment or E-Script
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • A two-page essay, typed and double-spaced. The essay can be substituted for the Statement of Goals on the Graduate College application.
  • Mandatory attendance at the Pre-admission Workshop (PAW). The PAW involves applicants participating in a series of group discussions facilitated by Counselor Education faculty. Dates and times to attend a PAW session are located on Page 2 of the Counselor Education application. Failure to attend the PAW will defer your application to the next application deadline. 
  • Optional: GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores may be submitted by applicants with a lower GPA and/or as one measure in support of exceptionality.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    25950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

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


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