Transform higher education— 
one student at a time.

Transform higher education—
one student at a time.

M.A. in Counseling: Student Affairs and College Counseling

  • Prepare for a career in higher education as a counselor and student affairs professional
  • Earn your degree in two years of full-time study, or a part-time option
  • Develop competencies to bring social justice advocacy to postsecondary educational environments
  • Join a community of socially conscious individuals committed to creating change

Our Master of Arts in Counseling: Student Affairs and College Counseling program trains students as counselors and student affairs professionals. This degree brings Adler University’s unique focus on socially responsible practice to postsecondary education, preparing graduates who are committed to advocacy, social justice, and optimal human development.

Our rigorous curriculum develops student competencies in leadership and advocacy, service programming, professional ethics, and multicultural counseling, empowering graduates to be forward-thinking practitioners who help students of all backgrounds navigate the higher education system. Through small classes with renowned faculty and opportunities for real-world experience, they learn to think holistically about the system—and ways to improve it. 

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, training professionals who are committed to a more just society.


Graduates of the Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Student Affairs and College Counseling program may work in a wide variety of higher education settings, such as community colleges, specialized post-secondary vocational training, certification programs, and universities. Our innovating training prepares you for a variety of career fields including:

  • Counseling and advisement offices
  • Career counseling and placement services
  • Student affairs
  • Campus emergency and trauma recovery
  • Violence prevention programming
  • Leadership and diversity programming
  • Administration and leadership capacity
  • Other student support services

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following credentials:

  • The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois.
  • The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training. Students interested in applying for licensure in other states should work with their faculty advisors to plan their curriculum accordingly.
  • The National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, as well as sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) before graduation.

Professional Development &Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change with small, collaborative classes taught by leading practitioners and scholars in the field. Our diverse faculty brings together classroom learning with individualized mentorship and hands-on professional experience.

Unique to our institution is the Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler University students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Working with our network of hundreds of community partners, students develop the practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and be a socially responsible practitioner.

Students also complete extensive field training, which provides opportunities to apply theory, hone counseling skills, and formulate treatment strategies with clients in a variety of hospitals, clinics, mental health centers, community organizations, and government agencies. Throughout their fieldwork, students receive close mentorship and clinical supervision by faculty. This training consists of a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, typically at the same site.

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study or through a flexible part-time program. Classes are available in traditional classroom, weekend, evening, online, and blended (partially online) settings.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.