College of Education > Academics > Counseling & Special Education > Graduate Programs > Counseling (MA/MEd)
With a master’s degree in Counseling, you’ll transform lives using careful, considered approaches to complex human problems. Our graduate counseling program is one of the largest in Illinois and produces skilled leaders in each of its
three specialty areas, all of which are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Programs (CACREP).
The CACREP certified Clinical Mental Health Counseling practitioner-oriented program prepares graduates to work in settings such as community agencies, private practices, hospitals, foster care agencies, and correctional facilities. You’ll be prepared to help clients overcome the obstacles that prevent them from leading healthy and productive lives.
The CACREP certified College Counseling and Student Affairs specialty area is for professionals who will work in student affairs offices, including career centers, residential life, and college counseling programs. Coursework will touch on national policy, management theory, and the foundations of student affairs.
The CACREP certified School Counseling specialty area leads to professional school counselor licensure through the Illinois State Board of Education. You’ll be ready to work in public and private K–12 school systems with a strong background in data-driven counseling.
You have the option to pursue an initial teaching license (PEL) with a School Counselor endorsement. Students who are already licensed can add a School Counselor endorsement to their PEL.
Courses are offered weekday evenings and Saturdays on the Lincoln Park Campus. The program can be completed in three years.
Directly impact the diverse population of Chicago by working in our Education and Counseling Center. This learning laboratory offers a variety of programs and events for children and teens. You’ll gain experience providing individual and group counseling to school-aged children.
The Counseling program admits new students every fall and winter quarter. It has set admission deadlines and prospective students must complete an application by the following dates to be considered for admission:
Submit an online application, letters of recommendation, essay, résumé, personal statement and official transcripts.
Based on your specialty area, you’ll take 60 to 90 quarter hours of core curriculum and specialty area coursework, as well as practicum, internship, and elective courses.
DePaul’s counseling program was the first in Illinois and 24th in the United States to affiliate with Education Trust’s National Center for Transforming School Counseling.
More than 90% of counseling alumni are hired or pursuing additional degrees within six months of graduation.
You’ll study with professors like Melissa Ockerman, who was named 2018 Counselor Educator of the Year by the Illinois School Counselor Association. Professor Ockerman recently co-authored “101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times,” a book focusing on core standards, social justice and evidence-based practice. She was the first counselor educator hired at DePaul with a school counseling focus and helped elevate the program to its present-day national ranking.
“After completing my program at DePaul I was confident that I received the best training in my field and could accomplish any task that was put in front of me.”
Your degree connects you with DePaul’s community of more than 180,000 alumni, 116,000 of whom are in the Chicago area. You’ll also have access to College of Education alumni resources, including networking, professional development workshops and certifications.
Each year the Counseling Program conducts a self-evaluation to inform curricular and programmatic changes.
Program Data 2017-2018Program Evaluation Report 2017-2018
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at
(773) 325-4405 or
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