Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program MA

Student Outcomes and Other Data


Outcome

Outcome 2016-2019
The total number of program graduates (Master of Arts degrees conferred on transcript) 226

Program Costs

Description 2020-2021 1st Year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $35,030
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $35,030
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable) $1,130
University/institution fees or costs $1,000
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $4,426

Attrition

Variable 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students) 80 76 60 40 53 43
Students who left the program 2 4 6 1 6 10
Students whose master's degree were conferred on their transcripts 59 68 65 47 46 TBD

Time to Completion

The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program takes two years (five semesters) to complete under a full-time schedule or 3 years under a part time schedule.

Employment

Of the alumni who responded to our latest survey, 94% were working in the field within six months of graduation and 100% within a year of graduation. Our alumni have reported receiving raises, promotions, new roles, and getting hired at new companies as a result of their degree.

Our graduates have gone on to secure a wide range of positions, such as:

  • Crisis clinician
  • Integrated Team Clinician
  • Mental Health Counselor at an adult correctional setting
  • Clinician in a day treatment/partial hospital program
  • Mental Health Counselor for sexual offenders in a corrections prison system
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Private practice clinician
  • Clinician in a college counseling center

Licensure preparation

Our program is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as granted by the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions. We work closely with students to ensure that they meet requirements for licensure in states across the country.

States use one or both of the following board examinations from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC): the NCMHCE (National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination) and/or the NCE (National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification). The NBCC does not release licensing examination passing data to the counseling programs. We rely on self-reports from our alumni, who live and work in different states, with different licensing regulations. In addition to passing a licensing examination, candidates must accumulate 2 years of documented supervised experience in the field before obtaining a license.

Only the graduates from the classes of 2016 and 2017 in this reporting period may be eligible for licensure at this point (having 2 years minimum of clinical work experience post-master's degree). According to our records, 26 out of 68 graduates from 2016 hold license as a counselor or a marriage and family therapist, and others are in the process of obtaining their license. Seven graduates went on to doctoral programs. From the 2017 graduates, 17 out 65 are licensed, and 14 went on to doctoral programs. Other graduates are in the process of obtaining their license.

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