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:

Earned badge for 2021 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report

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.

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.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: January 2
Final Deadline: April 1

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 2020-2021
Number of applicants 79
Number of acceptances 59
% accepted 75%
Number of enrollees 39
% enrolled (out of acceptances) 66%
Number of total students 73
Graduates (Aug/Dec/May 2021) 26
Number of faculty 11
Courses taught by adjuncts or 4th or 5th year PhD students 59%



Program Data 2020-2021
Temporary License N/A
Licensed N/A