School Counseling Dual Degree
Merrimack College offers a direct entry accelerated pathway that allows students to satisfy requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Human Services and a Master of Education in School Counseling in five years.
Get Your B.A. and M.Ed. in Only 5 Years
Once enrolled, your faculty advisor will assist
and support you in your transition between
undergraduate and graduate coursework and
the progression towards completion of your
Master of Education in School Counseling.
How Does the Program Work?
Human Development and Human Services Major Curriculum
Human Development and Human Services Major Requirements
General Education RequirementsIn addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements.
To see more details about the major, please visit catalog.merrimack.edu.
M.Ed. School Counseling Curriculum
M.Ed. School Counseling Requirements
General Education Requirements
To see more details about the master’s degree, please visit catalog.merrimack.edu.
- Complete three years of prerequisite courses (general education requirements, prerequisite and foundational program knowledge) by the spring semester of your third year.
- Advance directly into the Master of Education in School Counseling where you’ll get a head start on graduate coursework and hands-on experience.
- Study in a collaborative cohort model with other students taking similar classes and working together to finish your degree.
- Graduate and move quickly into the workplace with the competitive advantage of a master’s degree.
What You’ll LearnWith its combination of dynamic coursework and carefully chosen field placements, a master’s degree in school counseling empowers you to advocate passionately for the communities you serve and provide confident student support. You’ll acquire techniques to help students navigate complex issues such as emotional and mental health challenges, fostering healthy relationships, substance abuse and addiction, domestic violence and trauma, the juvenile justice system, racial, cultural and ethnic dynamics and socioeconomic circumstances.
Hands-on LearningYou will engage in nearly 600-1,200 hours of field-based training. Merrimack has an exceptionally diverse network of partner schools and community organizations, ensuring that you will land with a practicum assignment that closely fits your strengths and career interests.
Career OptionsGraduates from Merrimack’s School Counseling Master’s Program are in high demand and have an outstanding record of job placement. According to U.S. News and World Report, Massachusetts ranks among the top five states in the nation for school counseling salaries, with positions expected to increase by 10% over the next decade. Employers seek out our alumni for their breadth of skills, strong hands-on experience and theoretical grounding. Our recent graduates have attained school counseling jobs at:
- Boys and Girls Club
- Catholic Schools
- Charter Schools
- Community-Based Behavioral Health
- Human Resources
- Institutions of Higher Education
- Public School Districts
- Teach for America