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 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.

Contact

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

Dr. Shawn Patrick
MA Counseling Program Coordinator & Associate Professor
708.534.4053 ext. 4053
spatrick3@govst.edu
Office Location: G303 

  • 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.

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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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