Counseling - Community Counseling

In today’s challenging and rapidly-changing world, many individuals and families need effective and affordable assistance to navigate life’s circumstances and learn to cope with anxiety, stress, depression, or trauma. Community counseling professionals provide high-quality help in accessible, safe, and culturally-affirming environments. They offer individual and group counseling, marriage and family counseling, and substance abuse counseling.They  also provide effective case management, referrals, and advocacy.

Graduates work as counselors in mental health clinics, higher education, human and social service agencies, hospitals and health care facilities, industry and business, and corrections facilities as well as in private practice. They may work in community settings such as foster care agencies, group homes, and youth mentoring programs or in government agencies such as veterans affairs, employment assistance, or rehabilitation.

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about the application process, and find out how to apply.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Education (MEd)


The Counseling program’s Community Counseling concentration meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as set by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, the Counseling program offers courses that meet on weeknights or on Saturdays at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus, online, or a hybrid online and on-campus format. The program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.

Program Requirements

The Counseling master's degree program includes 60 quarter hours of coursework in both Social and Cultural Foundations and Counseling, which generally make up the first two years of the program, followed by a year of professional practice in the field (12 quarter hours.)

At the end of the program, students who opt to earn an MEd are required to complete a capstone project, and students who opt to earn an MA complete a master's thesis.

Want to learn more? For detailed information about program requirements, see the official DePaul University Graduate Catalog.