The counseling faculty are committed to preparing multiculturally competent counseling professionals for school, community and higher education settings who can facilitate positive change in the development and interactions of diverse individuals throughout their lifespans. The faculty are also committed to the generation and application of knowledge about counseling and related issues and techniques.

The NIU Counseling program in the College of Education offers professional preparation for students at the master's and doctoral levels for entry-level and leadership roles in the field of professional counseling and counselor education and supervision. The NIU Counseling degree programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs.

Degree Programs

Other Programs/Certificates

Application Deadlines

  • M.S.Ed. program fall semester application deadline - Jan. 8
  • Ph.D. fall semester application review periods:
    • Priority deadline: Nov. 15
    • General deadline: Feb. 1
  • Grad Certificate - program fall semester application deadline: July 15
  • Minor - open application period


The North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision recognized the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education with the NCACES Innovative Counselor Education Program Award. This award honors an outstanding, innovative and/or unique counseling or counselor education program at an institution in the NCACES region.



"My preparation was excellent because of the professors I had. They provided valuable real-life experiences to help make learning fun and interesting. Every day, I am using some counseling technique I learned in class or during my internship. My favorite professor pushed me to be better and to get out of my comfort zone." by Robin Enders, Counselor and WEB Coordinator, Clinton Rosette Middle School, DeKalb Community Unit School District 428


"Attending NIU has broadened my horizons, expanded my knowledge and fostered a 'knowledge is an ongoing process' philosophy. In doing so, I have been able to ascertain my educational aspirations, pursue higher-level occupational opportunities and continue to reciprocate the generosity and mentorship I experienced to future generations of students." by Rheon Gibson,School Counselor, Huntley Middle School, DeKalb Community Unit School District 428

Contact Us

Department of Counseling and Higher Education
Gabel 200
Counseling Admissions
Graham 416
Higher Education and Student Affairs Admissions
Gabel 201 B

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

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