About our programs

The Family Institute offers two highly selective graduate degree programs conferred by Northwestern University: Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Both programs offer you unparalleled training and opportunities to achieve your unique professional goals.

The Family Institute is also a counseling and therapy treatment center, which means students receive extensive clinical training at our state-of-the-art facilities. It is an environment that leads to a challenging, enlightening and rewarding exchange of ideas, while receiving a Northwestern University graduate education, including full access to campus libraries and university resources.

Graduate Degree Overview

Master of Arts, Counseling
This all-inclusive program prepares professional counselors to intervene in relation to both individual and social system functioning within family, work, academic and community settings. Read more about Counseling or Counseling@Northwestern

Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy
Designed for students drawn to the field of mental health with a passion for relationships, the program emphasizes couple and family therapy with training in individual therapy and state licensure as a marriage and family therapist. Read more about Marriage and Family Therapy

Program faculty

Our small, interactive classes are taught by nationally-recognized faculty practioners associated with Northwestern University who seek to provide you with a classroom experience fused with experiential learning, hands-on mentorship in a clinical setting and valuable research opportunities.

Our Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy faculty members are distinguished leaders at the forefront of their respective specialties and are passionate about what they do.

Student testimonials

Listen to our student's thoughts and experiences about our academic programs.