Counseling Psychology Overview
The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree prepares students to be knowledgeable in foundational theories and methods of clinical mental health counseling. Graduates of the program are well prepared for a wide variety of mental health positions in human service agencies and organizations in both the public and private sectors. The program offers traditional graduate degree training coupled with an emphasis on the education and training in socially responsible practice. The comprehensive coursework and supervised practicum required for this program can be completed in a two-year period as a full-time student. Through our vast network of community partners, students are able to complete their practical training in a variety of different and specialized settings.
In addition to the full-time option, this program is offered in a flexible, part-time format. The courses required for this program are offered in a combination of weekday, evening, weekend, online, and blended options, giving students the flexibility to complete the program in a time-frame that may be realistic with other obligations they have.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for licensing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Illinois. With additional supervised experience, graduates may also be eligible to sit for the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) examination in Illinois. Students should be advised that licensure requirements in some states may require them to take courses beyond those currently required by the Adler School, and should plan their curriculum accordingly.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination. This provides students with the opportunity to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential and to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) before graduation. Upon degree completion, students can submit their passing NCE scores to the state board toward the fulfillment of state licensing requirements.
- A baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework
- Completion of the following semester courses in psychology with grades of "C" or better: General or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered.
- Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an interview with faculty