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How to Apply
Key Facts About the Admission Process
  • 30 students enter the program each year
  • Admission decisions are made following admission interviews
  • Applicants will be notified following the interview

Admission interviews will be held via Zoom. You will participate in a group interview, learn more about the program and The Family Institute. If you apply for a financial scholarship, you will be notified of your award decision around the time of your acceptance of the offer of admission.

Admission Deadline: December 1, 2023

Open House (register)
Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Application Part 1: Apply to Northwestern University Graduate School

Apply online through Northwestern University's Graduate School Application System (code #1565) where you will submit the following:

  • $95.00 application fee
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • Scanned versions of official transcripts from each institution(s) attended since secondary school
  • For international students: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores 

After you have completed and properly submitted your online application, a confirmation message will be sent via email. If you do not receive a confirmation, check with The Graduate School for further information.

Application Part 2: Apply to the Master of Arts in Counseling Program

Details 1. Complete Master of Arts in Counseling Program Specific Application

2023-2024 Application Available Here

This is where you indicate which curriculum you are applying to — the Standard Two Year Program or Two Plus Program.

2. Gather the following information:

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
As part of our program-specific information please write a statement of purpose (750 – 1,000 words) that includes a response to EACH of the following prompts: 

  • What qualities do you possess that make you suited to Professional counseling? 

  • Describe your capacity and readiness to complete your degree, while balancing competing responsibilities. 

  • Northwestern University is a place where people with diverse backgrounds from all over the world can study, live, and talk with one another. This range of experiences and viewpoints immeasurably enriches learning. How might your individual background contribute to the diversity of perspectives in Northwestern’s classrooms and community?

Deidre Hicks, Education Coordinator
Master of Arts in Counseling Program
Center for Applied Psychological & Family Studies
618 Library Place
Evanston, IL 60201
Telephone: 847-733-4300, ext. 205
Fax: 847-733-0390

Once all application materials are received, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Notice of Background Check

The Family Institute at Northwestern University requires all applicants who have received conditional admission to Master of Arts in Counseling program to complete an online background check to determine criminal history. Having an adverse criminal history finding does not necessarily preclude admission. Determinations are considered on a case-by-case basis. In the event that information from the background report is utilized in whole or in part in making an adverse decision with regard to an applicant's admission, before making the adverse decision, The Family Institute will provide the student with a copy of the consumer report and a written description of his or her rights under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.