Established in Evanston, Illinois, in 1886, Northwestern now ranks as one of the best private research institutions in the U.S. The Family Institute at Northwestern, in collaboration with the graduate school and Office for Research, administers one of the nation's best CACREP-accredited online master's in school counseling programs.
This relationship-based behavioral health degree offers two program tracks. The standard program requires 24 graduate-level courses, a practicum, and an internship. The bridge program, ideal for enrollees without an undergraduate psychology degree, begins with a three-course orientation to graduate-level studies and clinical training.
The curriculum in both tracks features courses that emphasize specialized techniques for working effectively with children and adolescents. Distance learners may choose to enroll in an accelerated, full-time six-credit format, a traditional nine-credit format, or a part-time 12-credit option. Students can choose from four start dates per year in January, April, June, and September for added flexibility.