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Counseling (MA/MEd)

The counseling program provides a rigorous instructive environment to cultivate counseling and relationship building skills under the direction of both faculty and supervisors.

Students in the program have the unique opportunity to interact and work with DePaul University counseling faculty who are some of the leading experts in the counseling field on the national, state and local levels. In addition, DePaul University is consistently recognized for its outstanding academic environment and as one of the top universities in the country. U.S. News & World Report has ranked DePaul University among the nation's Best National Universities. The Counseling MA/MEd program offers three concentrations.

Concentrations

College Student Development Concentration

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.


College Student Development Concentration Requirements (MA or MEd)


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.

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration

In today's challenging and rapidly-changing world, many individuals and families need effective and affordable assistance for those who struggle with everything from adjusting to life's circumstances to serious mental illnesses. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) concentration is a practitioner-oriented program that is designed to prepare graduate students to enter the professional fields of counseling and mental health. Our program integrates counseling knowledge, skills and clinical field experiences based on current research and best practices to help students develop their professional identities as clinical mental health counselors. With a sound foundation in counseling and mental health training, students will be able to work within a variety of clinical settings such as private practice settings, community mental health centers, day treatment and in-patient hospital settings, employee assistance plans, correctional facilities, foster care agencies, group homes, youth mentoring programs, and colleges and universities. Within these settings, our students will be equipped to address and resolve personal, familial and social concerns that interfere with clients' abilities to lead healthy and productive lives.

​Unique to the CMHC program at DePaul University is an intensive on-campus practicum in our state-of-the-art training facility (Education and Counseling Center), and a rigorous education in multiculturalism and social justice. The program's focus on training students to become culturally competent practitioners who can serve as advocates and leaders for clients, communities and the profession. Graduates of our program have become counselors and leaders serving culturally and linguistically diverse populations (e.g., clients who are LGBTQ, of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds, and economically disenfranchised).


Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration Requirements (MA or MEd​)


The Counseling master's degree program in Clinical Mental Health includes 90-quarter hours of coursework that should take approximately three years to complete. Coursework plus an on-site practicum experience generally make up the first two years of the program, followed by a year of specialty coursework and professional practice in the field.

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


Licensure
The Counseling programs Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as set by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The CMHC concentration program of study generally meets the licensure requirements for other states; however, certain states have different requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to check with the state licensure board to verify the necessary requirements and to plan on meeting those requirements. State licensure board contact information can be obtained through the American Counseling Association.

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

School Counseling Concentration

Today's school counselors offer much more than just college and career preparation. They are advocates for schools' urban youth. They are leaders, mentors and instructors whose mission is the success of every student. School counselors can be powerful agents of change who help schools close achievement gaps and prepare all students for success in life after high school. School counselors can have an enormous impact on schools and on students who need help the most.

The School Counseling program is designed for graduate students who want to be strong leaders and passionate advocates for students, schools and the profession at large. It is recognized as a national leader in innovative, transformative school counseling. The program is the first in Illinois to affiliate with The Education Trust's National Center for Transformative School Counseling (NCTSC).

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.


School Counseling Concentration Requirements (MA or MEd)


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


Licensure
The Counseling program's School Counseling concentration is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for the Illinois Professional Educator License with and endorsement in School Counseling.

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. ​​​​