Admissions: MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (On Campus)

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We welcome your application to the William James College MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. We enroll a cohort of new students into the Counseling on-campus program each fall and spring. A strong applicant is one who has demonstrated excellence in their academic preparation, dedication to their personal and professional development, and commitment to community service. Be sure to make a note of application deadlines and requirements. We encourage you to attend upcoming information sessionsconnect with student ambassadors, and email our Admissions Office at to learn more about the admission process.

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Sierra Dorr

“WJC has allowed me to expand my knowledge not only in the counseling field, but in so many different aspect of life. The community William James has offered is diverse is so many ways. All classes emphasize collaboration and conversation throughout each topic studied. This allows for conversation with [students who were] prior accountants or chefs, enabling me to open my view to the many new perspectives I can use as a future counselor.”

Sierra Dorr, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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International Applicants

International students are required to enter this program in the fall semester.

All applicants to any graduate program at William James College must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited US institution, or its equivalent, by the start date of enrollment. All applicants must submit official translations of all non-US transcripts (please refer to the online application and the transcripts section for additional instructions). Completion of an online application, submission of all required supporting documents, and an interview are required. For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL combined score (no more than two years old) of at least 637 (paper-based test), 270 (computer-based test) or 110 (internet-based test) is preferred.

After acceptance of the admission offer, non-permanent resident international students who qualify will receive a Foreign Student Certification of Finances (FSCF) form which must be submitted by every student who does not hold a permanent resident (immigrant) visa in the United States. Because international students are ineligible to borrow Federal student aid, and private loans may be difficult to obtain, a completed FSCF form is required by US Regulation from every student to confirm that all necessary financial supports are secured for the duration of study. Only after this certification is sufficiently submitted the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status INS I-20 form will be issued. International applicants must plan and secure funding sources for the length of their stay in the U.S. before applying. This includes living expenses, health insurance and travel. Once enrolled, there are no opportunities to earn income through employment in or outside campus. To review estimated program costs please click here.

Successful completion of all requirements towards a degree will include your completion of one or more unpaid or paid internships. To undertake paid internships, students are required to demonstrate to employers they are authorized to work in the U.S. Students who are unable to do so may be unable to complete all requirements for their degree program.

International applicants must provide a copy of their visa before beginning the program.

Transfer of Credit: MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (On Campus)

Up to 12 credits of highly equivalent graduate coursework may be transferred in and credited towards program requirements. The determination of coursework equivalence is made by the program director in consultation with faculty members. Transfer credit applies to classroom coursework only; in keeping with our institutional philosophy that coursework and field work should be integrated, there is no transfer credit for previous fieldwork experience.

Generally speaking, there are three circumstances under which requests to transfer credits will be considered:

  • The student wishes to transfer graduate-level courses taken previously at another institution that are deemed to be the equivalent of courses taught in the Master's Program at William James College.
  • The student wishes to transfer courses taken previously at William James College as a non-matriculated student.
  • The student wishes to transfer courses taken at another institution while s/he was matriculated in the Program at William James College (this will ordinarily be restricted to electives and with previous authorization by the Department Chair).

All requests for transfer of credits must be reviewed and approved by the Department Chair and Registrar. Before such requests are granted, students will be asked to provide documentation that the courses they completed elsewhere are the equivalent of those offered at William James College. Such documentation may include (but may not be limited to) course syllabi, transcripts, and letters from instructors. It will be the responsibility of the individual student to provide such materials as requested.

You may submit the following form for each course you wish to have considered for transfer only if/when you have been offered admission to the program.

Although the primary goal is to prepare master's level counselors, this program will also provide students with some of the necessary foundations for pursuing further graduate study, including the doctoral programs at William James College. Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA program graduates may be eligible for Advanced Standing in Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. Click here to see Advanced Standing and Transfer of Credit policy