Program Mission

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 through 2021.

Degree Programs

Other Programs/Certificates

Application Deadlines

  • M.S.Ed. program fall semester application deadline: Jan. 8
  • Ph.D. fall semester application review periods:
    • Early admissions: Nov. 15 
    • Regular admissions: Feb. 1 
    • Late admissions: Apr. 1 
  • TIC Grad Certificate: open application period
  • 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.