Here, you empower others.
Counselors have the power to lead social change by improving the
mental health of individuals, couples, families, and groups at every stage of
life. Through real-world experience, Governors State’s Master of Arts in Counseling equips you to diagnose, consult, and
evaluate clients; provide preventive intervention; and bring about
life-changing results through counseling.
In the Counseling M.A. program, you will choose from one of
three sequences—Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Marriage, Couple, and Family
Counseling; or School Counseling (K-12)—to concentrate your studies in your
primary field of interest. In all sequences, you will gain practical experience
through our on-campus counseling lab that accepts clients through community
Reach your career
As a graduate student, your program sequence will guide your
profession. Counselors work in a variety of settings, including mental health
clinics and hospitals, corporations, governmental social agencies, public and
private schools, community colleges, community intervention programs, and
Why get a Master of
Arts in Counseling?
Counselors make a difference through every
stage of life and at all levels of society. Receive real-world preparation with
our Counseling M.A. Your impact on the community starts here.
Data collected in 2017 reflected the national median salary
for licensed clinical mental health counselors to be $42,840; Chicago’s median
is at $43,810. The national average ranges from $33,560 – $55,440 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Achieve your Master of Arts in Counseling in as little as three
years. Governors State’s 60-credit hour Counseling M.A. is offered in a fully
on-campus and hybrid format. Flexible evening classes along with virtual online
classes allow you to customize your schedule to fit the demands of your daily
Nicolette Karl, MA School Counseling Student
At Governors State, you have the ability to connect and build relationships with professors who care about your development. Not only do they enrich their classes with experiential activities, but they are pillars of strength and fortitude you can lean on for support during your most difficult times. Each class provided me with the confounding realization that the field of counseling is expansive and rich with content. In working through each class, I was encouraged to self-reflect and become a better counselor. As a byproduct, I also became a better person. I am leaving the program with a tool-kit filled with fundamental skills and knowledge and a desire to keep developing and growing as a counseling professional.
Dr. Katherine Wix, MA Counseling Program Coordinator
I am a third year assistant professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling, teaching primarily in the School Counseling program. Since accepting my position, I have enjoyed various opportunities to collaborate, lead, and advocate for counselors-in-training, current practitioners, and counselor educators. I have also been encouraged to discuss my teaching pedagogy and make curricula changes to benefit the students. The professors of GSU’s counseling program promote growth and change, are student-centered, and are dedicated to the counseling field. I am forever grateful for my position among such esteemed colleagues.