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Merrimack College’s school counseling master’s degree equips you for success, whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time or migrating to school counseling from another career. The program offers:
Approved for state licensure and aligned with national standards, our master’s degree in school counseling combines theoretical rigor with practical expertise that addresses current educational trends.
Our master’s in school counseling includes nearly 600 hours of intensive hands-on training in a setting that works best for you. Merrimack has an exceptionally diverse network of partner schools and community organizations, so we can locate a practicum assignment that closely fits your career interests and strengths.
Merrimack’s intimate campus and supportive faculty set us apart from most graduate programs in school counseling. You’ll develop close relationships with high-profile practitioners and scholars who promote your success via personal mentorship, career guidance and research opportunities.
The classroom component of our school counseling master’s degree provides you with culturally competent expertise that prepares you to work with youth (aged kindergarten through high school) of diverse ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic profiles and academic capabilities. All classes take place in evening hours to accommodate your work schedule and/or practicum requirements.
Merrimack’s school counseling master’s degree includes multiple formats to accommodate students of varying needs. You can complete the standard program in two years (or longer as a part-time student) and become eligible for state licensure upon graduation. Options for completing a 2+1 program with multiple licenses are also available. If you already hold a master’s degree in counseling or a related field, our license-only program helps you meet the state of Massachusetts’ school counseling or school social worker/adjustment counseling licensure requirements.
Our competitive school counseling fellowships provide a substantial tuition reduction while gaining experience in research or teaching at the college level.
Merrimack’s Winston School of Education and Social Policy develops transformative leaders in school counseling who advocate passionately for the communities they serve.
Our school counseling master’s degree prepares you to support healthy academic and behavioral development while responding to the economic, social and cultural factors that affect students and families. You’ll acquire the techniques and context to help young people:
With its combination of dynamic courses and carefully chosen field placements, our school counseling master’s degree empowers you to provide confident, competent student support.
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects above-average growth in the school counseling job market, with positions expected to increase by 8 percent over the next decade.
School counselor job satisfaction tends to be high, due in part to the deep and enduring impact practitioners can have on individual lives. According to U.S. News and World Report, Massachusetts ranks among the top five states in the nation for school counseling salaries.
Graduates from Merrimack’s school counseling M.Ed. program have an outstanding record of job placement. Employers seek our alumni for their breadth of skills, strong hands-on experience and theoretical grounding. Our recent graduates have attained school counseling jobs for employers such as: