Graduate Programs

24Average number of students in cohort

5Dedicated, full-time counseling professors

100%Job placement rate**Based on 2018 surveys

Become a Counselor

Welcome to the Counseling and Human Services (CHS) program! For more than forty years, the counseling program has equipped graduates with the knowledge and skills to serve as counselors and counselor supervisors in various institutions across Michiana, the state, and country.

At IU South Bend, you will learn, grow, and become a knowledgeable, ethical, and multiculturally competent counselor—a counselor who will go on to serve our schools and communities.

Get to know your faculty

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. CACREP standards are rigorous and ensure high quality programs. With a CACREP accredited degree from IU South Bend, you can go anywhere! Learn more about why accreditation matters.

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Program Highlights

  • Average cohort includes approximately 24 students.
  • You take many of your classes with the same students with whom you establish strong relationships and community.
  • The graduate counseling program is rigorous and our students support, assist, and challenge one another through the journey to degree.

  • Program is part-time to accommodate working professionals pursuing a degree.
  • On-campus courses are held in the evening between 5pm and 8pm.

  • The Counseling & Human Services program is accredited by CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Learn more about why accreditation matters:
  • The CHS program of IU South Bend is well known in the Michiana region. Our graduates have gone on to serve as counselors and administrators in various institutions in the surrounding area, as well as all over the state and the country.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the IU South Bend graduate online application
  • Provide official transcripts noting bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • (Indiana University graduates need not send transcript)
  • Provide three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement. For guidance, please review “Documents” section in the online application.
  • Interview with faculty and current students
    • Eligible applicants will be invited to interview in early April.

Submit an application!

For priority consideration please submit your full application by February 15th. If space is available a second round of applications will be accepted by March 15th.

Personal interviews and orientation will be conducted on the 4th Friday of March each year. These interviews are mandatory for consideration for admission. The mandatory orientation will be held on the same evening.

Classes begin in mid-May.

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Step-by-Step Application Guide

Personal interviews are conducted in early April after applications are submitted. Applicants will participate in an individual interview, as well as a group interview/orientation during the evening hours. Invitations to interview will be extended in early April. We look forward to getting to know you!

For more information, take the first step and contact the Education Advising Office at or call 574-520-4845.