Counseling MEd/CAGS (On Campus)

The purpose of the Counseling Program is to prepare thoughtful and responsive practitioners to work effectively in urban schools and communities as school counselors. The program is committed to the preparation of highly qualified professionals who effectively address the needs of children, adults, and families of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and needs. Located within an urban university, the program is dedicated to the training of professionals who most likely will work in, and provide counseling and related activities to, individuals representing an urban and diverse population. 

Counseling Program Options

  1. The on-campus program offers blended courses with both on campus and online coursework. Classes meet once per week during the fall and spring semesters. Courses are typically scheduled back to back at 4 p.m. (EST) and 7 p.m. to reduce commute time to campus. Students typically attend campus classes no more than twice per week. Summer classes are delivered online, typically after 6 p.m. (EST), once per week. 
  2. The online program is predominantly online, with the exception of two courses completed in-person during the first summer semester over a two-week intensive session.

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/CAGS 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.

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

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. 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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