Counseling - College Student Development

Students in the diverse, globally-oriented environment of today’s college campuses need the support of committed, knowledgeable student affairs personnel who have a deep understanding of how to assess and promote the growth and development of young adults. Dedicated, principled Student Affairs personnel interact with college students on a daily basis and make a substantial difference in their lives.  The student affairs professional values the co-curricular aspects of student life and creates additional learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Graduates are versatile professionals who are prepared to enter college and university student affairs environments. Career opportunities include working in college  admissions, career centers, residential education, athletic advising, and advising student government leaders.  Graduates may be leaders in developing innovative programs that serve traditional students, multicultural students, international students, or students with disabilities.

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)

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.