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Make a Difference with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northern Vermont University

Students in our graduate counseling program at NVU-Johnson gain experience in the theory and practice of mental health counseling. Our flexible program lets you focus on an area of interest to tailor your studies to your career goals. Internships and other hands-on experience will give you the skills and perspectives you need to start or boost your career in the mental health field.


Our curriculum includes a core of required courses, additional specialization coursework in your area of interest, a personal growth experience, and an internship with an accompanying seminar. A thesis is not required. Whenever possible, faculty personalize the program to meet each student’s specific career objectives. Individually designed internships are developed with area agencies, schools, businesses, and colleges.

Class Meetings and Timeline

Most courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, on weekends, and in the summer. It usually takes 2.5-3.5 years to finish the degree, depending on how quickly you want to progress. All students must complete the program within five years. Selected courses are open to non-degree students on a space-available basis.

Program Options

Students can focus on one of the following tracks:

  • Addictions Counseling: You’ll be prepared for a career in the growing field of addiction treatment.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Take your place among other health professionals in a range of clinical mental health settings.
  • School Counseling: Help elementary, high school, and college students navigate the path of education, career, and adulthood.


For more information on this and other graduate programs at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, contact the Admissions Office at or 802.635.1229.

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The knowledge and relationships I’ve gained from classes, professors, peers, friends and others I’ve met through the program will help me to continually grow…

– Anna Wadlington

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