Boost your career and transform lives with a graduate counseling degree from Northern Vermont University.

In a broad and growing field with evolving specialties, students in NVU’s graduate counseling programs are prepared to work in a wide range of settings, from hospitals to schools. You’ll work with faculty and peers in a collaborative atmosphere that supports your goals. Through internships and other hands-on opportunities and guidance from professionals in the field, you will develop skills for a successful counseling career. You’ll graduate ready to lead and able to adapt to job market changes to keep your skills relevant.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S. (NVU-Lyndon)

This two-year program accelerates your degree with courses that prepare you to work with a range of people — from counseling theory and psychological testing to lifespans across cultures and multicultural studies. To apply the theory you learn, you’ll have a practicum in your first year and counseling internships in your second year, supervised by licensed professionals. 

When you finish the program, you will be ready to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor in Vermont. Career options in the field are varied and numerous. You can work with families, groups, and individuals in mental health agencies, private practice, social services organizations, and other settings.    

View degree requirements. (This link will take you to the current Lyndon State College catalog. On July 1, 2018, Lyndon State and Johnson State colleges will become Northern Vermont University. The 2018-19 NVU academic catalog will be available in early summer 2018.)

Counseling, M.A. (NVU-Johnson)

You’ll take core courses in general counseling and gain career-enriching experience in an internship and related seminar, tailored to your career objectives. The curriculum includes specialized courses in your area of interest and a personal-growth experience. You will work with faculty who have distinguished themselves in practice, graduate education, and clinical research. 

We offer concentrations in:

Select a link above to view requirements for each concentration. (This link will take you to the current Johnson State College catalog. On July 1, 2018, Johnson State and Lyndon State colleges will become Northern Vermont University. The 2018-19 NVU academic catalog will be available in early summer 2018.)

Students who pursue the school counseling track will develop a portfolio about their skills and professional achievements and must pass the exam for licensure by the State of Vermont. Most students complete the program in three or four years. Everyone is required to finish in five years.