The Counseling Graduate Program of Chicago State University is located on the south
side of Chicago, primarily serving residents who both live and work within the Chicago
urban area. The students within the program are diverse and representative of the
largely minority population within this region.The mission of the program is to produce
highly qualified graduates equipped to serve the complex counseling demands in urban
settings with a specific emphasis on addressing the needs of urban youth and their
families. This mission is generated from a belief that counselors equipped to deal
with the more difficult problems within large cities with also be effective in other,
less challenging settings. To accomplish its mission, the program is committed
- Recruiting, retaining and graduating culturally and economically diverse students.
- Employing a dedicated, caring and culturally diverse faculty whose teaching is informed
by research and clinical expertise.
- Providing a curriculum that is infused with theory and applications
related to diverse urban populations.
- Providing students with a strong preparation in counseling interventions and models
of prevention directed towards meeting the complex counseling needs within urban
and other settings.
- Providing opportunities for practical counseling experiences within
urban schools and communities.
- Teaching students how to access resources, advocate for their clients and their
profession, and serve as community activist when needed.
- Working in partnership with local institutions and agencies in the region to assist
in the development of socially and economically viable and sustainable communities.
Completion of at least fifty-one (School track) or fifty-four (Clinical Mental Health)
credit hours at the graduate level with grades averaging B or better to meet general
- Completion of all clinical courses (PSYC 5790, 5950, 5990/5991), with a grade of
B or better
- Admission to candidacy after pre-candidacy courses (PSYC 5600/5611, 5660, 5650,
- Pass the objective and essay comprehensive examinations.
- Students in the School Track or Type 73 Endorsement program must show proof of passing
the Illinois Certification Content Area Test for School Counselors prior to enrollment
in the School Internship class (PSYC 5990).
- Completion of all degree requirements within six years.