Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts (MA) program

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Graduates of the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will have fulfilled all the educational and pre-master's field experience requirements to qualify for the license as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts.

Students interested in licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) may wish to learn more about our Couples and Family Therapy Area of Emphasis

Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide invaluable assessment, psychotherapy and consultation services to individuals, groups, families, and systems. The field has a promising career outlook, and graduates of the William James College counseling programs have an excellent track record of achievement.

All applications who apply for the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will be considered for a $5,000 scholarship.

Masters in Counseling - General Track Overview

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 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.

Counseling Program Philosophy

William James College integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and professional development assistance in the form of practicums and internships. We believe that the best learning comes from integrating classroom knowledge with hands-on experience. The curriculum provides for an understanding of theory, training, and practice of counseling. We emphasize the development of professionals who are committed to the ethical provisions of quality services to culturally diverse clients, agencies, and organizations.

Letter from the Counseling Program Chair

Nilda LaboyWe are proud of our clinical mental health counseling program and of the diversity of concentrations we offer. Our graduates are well prepared and find jobs shortly after graduation. Our training has a solid reputation for being rigorous, while at the same time providing a holding environment where students receive personalized attention and mentoring.

We have an outstanding faculty that has been recognized for their integration of diversity into the curriculum, and their academic advising of our students and mentoring of our graduates. They bring their clinical and consulting experience into the classroom. Our experiential education model allows you to put into practice what you learn in the classroom, and to bring to the classroom what you learn in the field.

In a world where mental health services are increasingly needed, choosing this career means that you become an integral part of creating a better society. You will use your assessment and counseling skills to bring clarity to situations and to help others become empowered to change their own lives and the lives of others.

If you are the kind of person who wants to make a difference in the lives of others, who wants to learn about evidence-based and evidence-informed treatments in mental health, and who is willing to engage in self-exploration and increase your awareness of self and what surrounds you, this may be the program for you.

Please explore all of the different options we offer in our departmental and college-wide concentrations. If you have any questions about our programs, please see below or contact me directly.


Nilda M. Laboy, PsyD
Chair, Counseling Department

For More Information on Our Counseling Programs

Would you like to learn more about our counseling programs or the admissions process? Request information here and select the track that most interests you.

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Our Counseling Department faculty and staff are available to answer your questions. Prospective students are welcome to contact directly the Area of Emphasis Directors or the Department Chair with questions about the program or to discuss your career and academic goals.

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