Counseling Program

Request InformationWilliam James College offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with 5 areas of emphasis including a General Counseling track, Couples and Family Therapy (MFT), Expressive Arts Therapy, Forensic and Correctional Counseling, and Health and Behavioral Medicine.  Our programs are primarily offered on-site at our Boston area campus with some options for blended learning.  Students can participate in the MA program full-time in 2 years or part-time in 3 years.  Our Department Chair will meet with individual students to customize a part-time program to meet your schedule needs.  All William James College students participate in hands-on supervised field experience through counseling internships and practica. 

Graduates of this program will have fulfilled all educational requirements to qualify for licensure in the state of Massachusetts as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  Our Couples and Family Therapy area of emphasis also qualifies you for licensure in Massachusetts as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  Our Expressive Arts Therapy concentration qualifies you for credential as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT). 

In addition to our Counseling areas of emphasis, students can participate in Cross-Departmental Concentrations, including African and Caribbean Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Latino Mental Health, and Military and Veterans Psychology.

Learn more about what makes us one of the best colleges for a masters in counseling.

We enroll new students into our Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA program evey January and late AugustClick here to see our timing and deadlines.  


Counseling Program Areas of Emphasis

Couples and Family Therapy (MFT)

Couples and Family Therapy MA

Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy MA

Forensic and Correctional Counseling

Forensic and Counseling Psychology MA

Health and Behavioral Medicine

Counseling and Health Psychology MA

College-wide Concentrations

African & Caribbean Mental Health

African & Caribbean Mental Health

Global Mental Health

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Latino Mental Health

Latino Mental Health Concentration

Military & Veterans Psychology

Military and Veterans Psychology

Scholarships for New Counseling Students

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