College of Social and Behavioral Sciences



"Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.” -American Counseling Association

Counseling Students

Thank you for your interest in The University of Northern Iowa’s counseling graduate program. Students in the counseling program can emphasize their study in either Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. Our programs offer innovative and cutting edge opportunities to our students, and have been nationally CACREP accredited since 1990. (APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1, 2021)(Deadline Extended to Friday, February 19, 2021).

Mission Statement & Vision Statement

The UNI Counseling Program is grounded in a wellness philosophy and is devoted to providing a culturally and developmentally responsive education in which students are encouraged and challenged to be exemplary counselors, innovative practitioners, and active agents of social justice in a diverse world through practical experiences and rigorous academic expectations.

The UNI Counseling Program strives to generate innovative, knowledgeable, and skillful counselors who will effectively address the challenges of the 21st century.

Integrated Locally, Connected Globally.

Recent Highlights

Out of the Darkness Walk - April 24 Registration starts at 12:00PM- Walk Starts at 2:00PM at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

Save Lives and Support Suicide Prevention: Donate/ Register for the event here

Building client and counselor resilience - Mentioned: Dr. Rodney Dieser - Adjunct Professor

Grad News Highlights Counseling Program - Out of the Darkness Walk sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota and UNI School Counseling Alumni Scotti Hagensick

RAMP Schools - Becky Lins

UNI School Counseling Alumni Becky Lins & Peet Junior High Recognized as ASCA Model Program & RAMP School 



Application Deadlines

UNI's counseling program only admits applicants for Fall Semester for both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Deadline Extended to February 19, 2021).

How to Apply

*Reminder: School Counseling applicants do not need a teaching/education degree to apply to the program.