• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


In the Master's in Counseling (School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Concentration) from National Louis University program, students also complete 100 hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship, which provide opportunities to apply classroom-based knowledge in real-world settings.

What You Will Learn

  • The many facets of being a professional counselor, including the importance of advocating for clients, and adhering to ethical and legal guidelines
  • A breadth of different counseling theories and skills, including technological competencies
  • An appreciation of and opportunities to deepen self-awareness
  • How to understand people from a developmental perspective with consideration for client context, culture and diversity

Program Goals

The program faculty design the program and individual courses in such a way as to:

  • Provide students with the academic training and professional experiences needed to develop counseling knowledge and skills, including technological competencies as a professional counselor.
  • Provide students with opportunities for self-reflection, and to impress upon students the necessity of continuing education, as well as the need for ongoing personal self-awareness and growth.
  • Instill in students an appreciation for the worth of each individual, a developmental perspective on human growth over the lifespan, and an awareness of the importance of context, culture, and diversity.

Master's in Counseling Career Outlook

School counselors will see an expansion of their responsibilities, including preventive counseling and crisis management, which will also be likely to lead to increases in their employment opportunities. 

Clinical mental health counselors will also see an expanded job market as insurance companies increasingly approve reimbursement to counselors as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists.


NLU's Master's in Counseling program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Fundamentals of Counseling 
  • Counseling and Human Development in a Multicultural Society 
  • Clinical Techniques of Counseling 
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 
  • Introduction to Theory and Practice of Family Therapy 
  • Theories of Counseling 
  • Professional Practice and Ethics in Human Services 
  • Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling 
  • Counseling for Career Development 
  • Counseling Practicum 
  • School Counseling: Theory, Issues and Practice 
  • Trauma and Crisis Intervention Theory Response Models and Techniques 
  • Psychopharmacology for Counselors 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

3 letters of recommendation, written by individuals who know you from an academic or professional perspective and are able to comment on your capacity for undertaking graduate studies.

Recommenders should include the following information in their letters:

  • How long you have known the applicant and in what capacity.
  • An assessment of the applicant’s academic background and their likelihood of success in a graduate program
  • An assessment of the applicant’s maturity, work ethic, and openness to feedback
  • An assessment of the applicant’s experience with and/or specialized skills related to the field of Counseling
A written statement of academic and professional goals must address the following:
  • Reasons for choosing NLU
  • Career goals
  • Your understanding of the program you are applying to and how it fits with your career goals
  • What qualities you possess that will be an asset to you in
  • the field of counseling
  • A Human Services essay, responding to the following questions:
  • What is your understanding of the counseling profession?
  • How would you describe your skills in relating to people?
  • How has your family of origin impacted your decision in choosing counseling as your profession?
  •  Under what circumstances would you seek counseling services?

Also, please answer one of the following sets of questions:

  • Who would you say was one of the most influential people in your life? How do you feel this person has impacted who you are today?
  • If asked by someone who knows you, how would they describe you as a person? Does that fit with how you see yourself?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18216 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    18216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18216 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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