This program prepares graduates to qualify to acquire the post-master's supervised experience that leads to the independent practice as a professional mental health counselor. Graduates of this program will have fulfilled all educational and pre-master's field experience requirements to qualify for independent licensure in the state of Massachusetts as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).
The program can be completed full-time in 5 semesters (2 years that include the summer session) or part-time in 3 years. Degree completion requires 60 credits of course work, a practicum (minimum 360 hours) and an internship (minimum 600 hours). In addition to the standard coursework, there are opportunities to pursue concentrated electives to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to working in particular settings or with specific populations. We offer departmental concentrations that are included in the 60 required credits (please note that the Couples and Family Therapy concentration augments the requirements to 63 credits), and college-wide concentrations that require credits above the counseling degree requirements.
Although the primary goal is to prepare master's level clinicians, this program will also provide students with some of the necessary foundations for pursuing further graduate study.