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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares candidates to meet the growing demand for mental health counselors who work in a variety of settings, including counseling centers, hospitals, non-profits, and private practices.

Whether you’re looking to change careers or are transitioning directly from an undergraduate program, you’ll find the graduate preparation you need to become a skilled mental health counselor. You will acquire the skills, insights, and hands-on experience needed to successfully work with clients facing addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental health challenges. Our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is informed by the ideals of social justice. Our graduates are trained to empower their clients using a strength-based, relational model that is trauma-informed. Through interactive coursework, you will study a range of counseling and research methods, and develop clinical skills for accessing and improving overall mental health and well being.

Upon completion of our program, you will emerge as compassionate, culturally-aware counselors prepared to make a difference in your clients’ lives.

The program is designed to meet the highest standards of the national counseling accreditation councils and the Massachusetts licensing board for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. See how our program meets the state licensing requirements.

Career Opportunities

This graduate program provides you with the opportunity to positively impact people’s lives. The need for professionals in this area has never been greater. An increasing population, coupled with greater demand for mental health care, is fueling the need for qualified mental health counselors.

Program Format

Courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate students who work or intern during the day.
Students can complete the program in two years, full-time or may choose a part-time program to complete the degree in three years. This program is designed with both recent college graduates and experienced practitioners in mind.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree and must submit the following as part of the application process.

  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of reference, including at least one non-academic letter that addresses readiness for work in a therapeutic setting
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume, including any clinical work experience

Applicants deemed appropriate for the program based on the strength of their admission materials will be granted an interview, an important and required part of the application process. Final decisions are made after the interview and after a final review of application materials.

Standardized test scores are optional, though we encourage students to submit test scores if they have them.  

 Check Out Our Program Brochure


For questions about the program, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 978-837-3563.

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