Mental Health Counseling MS (On Campus)
UMass Boston's 60-credit hour MPCAC-accredited Mental Health Counseling master's program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our students intern in diverse settings and leave with substantial skills and knowledge around mental health, counseling, and advocacy, ready for counseling positions that will prepare them to obtain licensure. At the end of the program, you will meet the educational requirements necessary for licensure* in Massachusetts, provided you complete internship in Massachusetts. Please check with an admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine if our program meets educational requirements for practice in your state.
The Mental Health Counseling MS is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of September 2013 through September 2023.
*For licensure requirements in other states, we recommend checking the state’s Board of Registration and Licensure website to make sure that you are eligible for licensure in your respective state. Our graduates have been largely successful in obtaining licensure from their local boards; however, they often have to go through an administrative process to do so. To be absolutely certain, we strongly recommend that you check with your local board as such regulation is subject to change.
Why Apply to UMass Boston's Mental Health Counseling MS Program?
Essential to the implementation of the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program curriculum is the integration of theory presented in classrooms and its application in practicum and internship experiences. In order to integrate the curriculum content with other training experiences, the program provides information about the socio-political contexts of people’s lives as well as about information related to personality, development, psychiatric taxonomy, professional orientation and ethics, methods of inquiry and the process of change. In addition, our program provides opportunities for its students to develop professional skills and competencies and to practice them in professional settings. The program prepares students to make significant practitioner-oriented contributions to counseling and prepares them for further study at the doctoral level if they desire to do so. All of our faculty are actively involved in research and contribute significantly to the profession at both national and international levels. There are opportunities to do research with our internationally known faculty if a student so desires.
Students also have the option of adding an adjustment counseling concentration to their plan of study, which requires one additional course, 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.
UMass Boston's Mental Health Counseling MS program was recently ranked #6 in Guide to Online School's 2020 Best Online Master's in Counseling list.
Letters of Recommendation
One year of experience in the field (preferred); minimum of two social science courses; statement of purpose; transcripts; résumé; interview
Visit https://www.umb.edu/bursar/tuition_and_fees for cost information. Note that online courses are typically billed at the CAPS course fee rate. Contact the program representative with any further questions.
Taking the courses in the order listed below will ensure that you meet all prerequisite requirements for courses and are fully prepared to participate in the field-based experiences. Students completing the program on a part-time basis are encouraged to complete the courses in a similar sequential manner. All courses are three-credits unless otherwise specified.
- COUNSL 601 Research and Evaluation in Psychology
- COUNSL 608 Psychopathology and Diagnosis*
- COUNSL 614 Counseling Theory and Practice I*
- COUNSL 653 Sociocultural Considerations in Counseling
- COUNSL 615 Counseling Theory and Practice II*
- COUNSL 616 Group Counseling and Group Dynamics
- COUNSL 617 Child and Adolescent Counseling*
- COUNSL 620 Life Span Human Development
- COUNSL 606 Ethical Standards and Professional Issues in Counseling*
- COUNSL 605 Principles of Vocational, Educational, and Psychological Assessment
- COUNSL 665 Trauma and Crisis Counseling
- COUNSL 613 Vocational Development and Career Counseling
- COUNSL 667 Counseling Families and Couples: Theories and Practice
- COUNSL 670 Substance Abuse in Counseling Practice
- COUNSL 699 Advanced Practice (700 total hours: 100 prac/600 intern) (6 credits)
- COUNSL 666 Sex and Sexuality in Counseling Practice
- COUNSL 674 Psychopharmacology for Counselors
- COUNSL 699 Advanced Practice (6 credits)
Additional adjustment counseling courses:
- COUNSL 631 – Principles and Practices of School Adjustment Counseling
*Courses must be completed prior to beginning Advanced Practice
The MHC curriculum emphasizes respect for the social foundations and cultural diversity of self and all others. The curriculum is also designed to facilitate students’ integration of their personal and professional identities as mental health counselors. We aim to foster each student’s self-awareness, compassion, and ability to think critically. The ability to apply these critical thinking skills to counseling practice through a social justice lens is one of many that allow our students to competently work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
The MHC program, within a public urban university, is dedicated to the training of professionals who most likely will provide counseling and related activities to individuals from various diverse backgrounds. Mental health counselors work in a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, clinics, hospitals, and schools. Many students from our program go on to pursue doctoral level study as well.
Priority Deadline: January 2
Final Deadline: April 1
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the April 1 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 April 1.
Applicants are accepted into the on-campus Mental Health Counseling MS program once a year, for the fall semester only.
Note: If you’re having difficulty completing or submitting any application requirements because of disruptions related to COVID-19, contact email@example.com before the application deadline to discuss potential submission extensions or exceptions.
|Number of applicants||331|
|Number of acceptances||75|
|Number of enrollees||44|
|% enrolled (out of acceptances)||58.67%|
|Number of total students||129|
|Graduates (Aug/Dec/May 2022)*||28|
|Number of faculty||10|
|Courses taught by adjuncts or 4th or 5th year PhD students||50.85%|
*This number does not include part-time students.
- Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
- Lisa Cosgrove, Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
- Sharon Horne, Professor of Counseling Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
- Sharon Lamb, Graduate Program Director, and Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
- Boaz Levy, Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
- Esmaeil Mahdavi, Senior Lecturer in Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
- Kerrie Wilkins-Yel, Assistant Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development