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Register For Open House ButtonCounselors 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 nationally ranked Master of Arts in Counseling equips you to diagnose, consult, and evaluate clients; provide preventive intervention; and bring about life-changing results through counseling. To read more about our program here is a link to the MA Counseling Handbook.

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. Many of our students will gain practical experience through our on-campus counseling lab that serves the surrounding community. In addition to completing at least 100 hours of a practicum experience in the lab–or in school systems for school counseling students–every student must also complete a 600 hour internship.

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 2018 reflected the national median salary for licensed clinical mental health counselors to be $44,630; Chicago’s annual mean wage is at $45,320. (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. 

Sequences

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • In this sequence, students examine clinical mental health and community counseling issues, lifestyle and career development, workplace and vocational counseling, group dynamics, as well as counseling program management.
  • Marriage Couple and Family Counseling
    • This program studies all facets of marriage and family counseling, including children, adolescents, couples, and family counseling. Additional attention is paid to group dynamics, intervention, prevention, and sexual issues.
  • School Counseling (K-12)
    • The mission of the school counseling program at Governors State University is to prepare students for K-12 settings so they can assist students in maximizing their educational, vocational, social, and personal growth. 

For a list of specialization courses from each sequence, please visit the program catalog.

Accreditation

The M.A. in Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Please visit their website for more details.


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Contact

Jeanetta G. Edwards, NCC, LCPC
Graduate Academic Advisor for Counseling
708-534-4973
jedwards4@govst.edu
Office Location: G384

Dr. Ahmet Can
MA Counseling Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor
708.534.4974
acan@govst.edu
Office Location: G304

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    Nicolette Karl, MA School Counseling Alumnus

    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.

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    Dr. Shawn Patrick, MA Counseling Program Coordinator

    Welcome to the GSU Masters in Counseling Program! I am an Associate Professor teaching courses for the Counseling core, as well as the Marriage, Couples, and Family counseling track. Our program focuses on student development and promoting the growth of ethical, competent, and social justice-minded professional counselors. Our faculty come from a variety of backgrounds; and as practicing counselors, they bring multiple layers of expertise to the classroom. We offer many opportunities for students to be involved beyond the classroom, such as by collaborating with faculty research or joining the Honor Society–Chi Sigma Iota. Stop by anytime to check us out; my door is always open!

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    Ruth Shannon, MA School Counseling student

    The GSU counseling program taught me the why and how of who I am, while simultaneously teaching me skills to eliminate self-doubt and fear to develop the courage to conquer my dreams. As a wife and mother of 10, the professors' holistic approach to the development of future counselors is unmatched. I am graduating with the effective skills and confidence to be a change agent for ALL students. I am forever grateful!

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

GSU's Counseling Program is CACREP accredited. View the vital statistics report.

Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Click here to learn about Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.

This four (4) year grant funding ended Spring 2020.  We have reapplied and hopefully will have more information by end of September 2020.



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