Counseling MEd

Learn how to counsel children and young adults, and prepare to become a licensed school counselor in Massachusetts.

UMass Boston’s Counseling master’s program was ranked as one of the Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. This program focuses on a series of general counseling courses, as well as school counseling courses to prepare you for a career as a school counselor. It’s designed for people interested in pursuing an advanced degree and state licensure to work in school systems whereas the Mental Health Counseling master’s program is designed for people interested in working in mental health agencies and hospitals. The program begins with a two-week in-person study at or near the UMass Boston campus where you’ll get to know your cohort and complete the first two clinical courses (6 credits) of your degree. Throughout the program, you’ll get hands-on experience through supervised fieldwork in local schools where you reside. At the end of the program, you will be eligible to apply for licensure to work as a school counselor in Massachusetts provided you complete internship in Massachusetts.**

Students also have the option of adding an adjustment counseling concentration to their plan of study, which requires two additional courses, as well as additional internship hours. The adjustment counseling concentration allows students to be eligible for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education K-12 initial level licensure as a school adjustment counselor.

The UMass Boston Counseling MEd program is ranked:

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Ranked as one of the Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Ranked as one of the Best Graduate Education Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

The Counseling MEd is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of September 2013 through September 2023.

Why Apply to UMass Boston's Counseling MEd Program?

The Counseling Program also includes training opportunities to become a Career Development Facilitator (CDF), which may lead to employment opportunities in a variety of settings that provide career coaching, counseling, and related services.

**Our program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Massachusetts. Please check with an admissions counselor at to determine if our program meets educational requirements for practice in your state. Regardless, internship must be satisfactorily completed in Massachusetts to certify that you have completed a state-approved program.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: January 2
Final Deadline: February 15

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the February 15 deadline. We recommend submitting your application as early as possible for the best chance of admittance. Most spots are already filled by the application deadline of February 15.

Note: If you’re having difficulty completing or submitting any application requirements because of disruptions related to COVID-19, contact before the application deadline to discuss potential submission extensions or exceptions.

Program Data

MEd in Counseling Program Data
Program Data 2021-2022
Number of applicants 85
Number of acceptances 54
% accepted 63.53%
Number of enrollees 34
% enrolled (out of acceptances) 62.96%
Number of total students 78
Graduates (Aug/Dec/May 2022) 26
Number of faculty 11
Courses taught by adjuncts or 4th or 5th year PhD students 47.83%



Program Data 2021-2022
Temporary License N/A
Licensed 100%

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