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Here, you empower others.

OpenHouseRegisterButtonCounselors 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 placements.

Reach your career goals.

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 correctional institutions.

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).

Delivery Format

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 life.

  • Nicolette-Karl

    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.

  • Katherine-Wix

    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.

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