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The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60 credit hour program (20 courses) leading to the Master of Arts in Family Counseling.

The M.A. in Family Counseling program fulfills the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as professional counselors in the State of Illinois: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Graduates of this program also meet the educational requirements of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Membership and the Marriage and Family Therapy license (LMFT) in the State of Illinois. The Family Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). Find out more information on Counselor Education’s accreditation, licensures, and credentialing.

Family counselors work  with couples, families and children. Employment settings for family counselors include mental health and community counseling agencies, chemical dependency programs, hospitals, marriage and family counseling clinics, crisis centers, and court services. Many experienced LMFTs and LCPCs work in private practice settings and bill third-party insurance.

Credit hours required: 60

Admission Information

The program admits students for the fall and spring semesters.

Program Benefits 

The Goodwin College of Education offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes.

Students get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain connections to companies and organizations.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Career Options 

The M.A. in Family Counseling prepares students for employment in settings such as, but not limited to:

  • mental health agencies
  • community counseling agencies
  • chemical dependency programs
  • crisis centers
  • marriage and family counseling clinics
  • youth agencies
  • court services

​​For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master of Art in Family Counseling and the courses offered toward the degree.

Family Counseling, M.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Counselor Education at (773) 442-5550 or

Counselor Education

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to more than 9,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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