Apply to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts (MA) Online Program

Online Graduate Application
New Cohorts Begin every Fall and Spring

Thank you for considering William James College. This program is available only for individuals living in the U.S. and territories. Applicants are considered on their overall potential for successful performance in graduate level coursework as well as the potential "fit" with our programs and fields of study.

In the links below you will find application information to MA in Clinical Mental Health online program. Transcripts and official test scores should be sent to the Admissions Office to arrive on or before the set deadline. All other materials must be supplied electronically through your online application account.

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

Deadlines for Admissions

Applicants must choose the online option for the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2022 (August Start):
General Consideration: Wednesday, January 5, 2022  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all spots have been filled
Interviews: By Appointment

Application Deadlines for Spring 2023 (January Start):
General Consideration: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Prerequisite Courses/Experience:
Must be completed before matriculation
Basic coursework or work/volunteer experience in psychology or education.

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Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

Pre-Requisite Courses
Although there are no required courses, basic coursework in psychology or related fields is recommended.

Work or volunteer experience in human services is also recommended.

Academic achievement at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels (Though there is no cut-off GPA requirement, 3.0 (of 4.0) is expected).

How to Apply

Apply Online. Use this link to fill out and submit your application online.

With the exception of transcripts and standardized test score reports all materials should be submitted through your online application account.

  • Transcripts should arrive directly to our Admissions Office from the issuing Registrar Office.
  • Standardized test score reports must be ordered to be sent directly to our Admissions Office. 

Please begin the process early as we will consider only those completed applications which arrive on or before the deadline.

International Applicants

An international applicant, that is, neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the U.S., must meet our regular admission requirements, as well as those listed below.

If written in a foreign language, all transcripts and other documents must be accompanied by an official English translation and certification of equivalency to the American education system. Bachelor degrees that are three years in length will not be recognized as equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor degree by William James College. You can have both, the translation and equivalence certified by the World Education Service (WES). For detailed information visit

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please note that the TOEFL scores are valid for only 2 years.

Please be aware that this online program does NOT support student visas.

Application Materials
  • $60.00 Application Fee (non-refundable), $75.00 if applying to two programs. On the electronic application it is paid online before submission.
  • Completed application form
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Application Essay
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Test Scores—The GRE General Test is required for PsyD in Clinical Psychology. The test is optional for Master's programs and the PsyD in Leadership Psychology. 
  • Re-Application Statement*
  • Change of Career Statement*
    *if applicable, see appropriate section below.

Please begin the process early as we will consider only those completed applications which arrive on or before the deadline. If you have questions or concerns about the electronic application process, please contact the Admissions office at or 617-564-9376. Thank you.


Letter(s) of recommendation are required from people who are able to attest to your personal qualities, such as: professional; academic; intellectual; motivational; interpersonal; and emotional. References should not be provided by family members, friends, or others who don't know you in either a professional or academic context.

The electronic recommendation form is required and although a supplemental letter is optional it is strongly recommended. Both, the recommendation form and letter must be submitted electronically through your online application account.

Curriculum Vitae
Please attach a current CV or résumé which includes the following: educational background; current activity; length and description of employment and/or training experiences; hours per week at each job or training site; names of supervisors at each facility; workshops and seminars attended; and any other professionally-related material (e.g., presentations, publications, etc.). You may also include any extracurricular activities or interests that you deem relevant.
Application Essay

When composing your essay, please use a traditional font, one-inch margins and double line spacing on a letter size document.

TIP: When applying to two programs, be sure to sufficiently address your interest in both programs when composing your Application Essay.

Please provide a 4-6 page personal narrative that thoroughly includes these items: 

  • Your academic background and career interests.
  • Previous personal, relational, and professional experiences related to your career pursuits.
  • How self-awareness and self-reflection contribute to developing your professional role.
  • How you navigate challenges and overcome obstacles.
  • Abilities as they relate to the professional training that you seek at William James College.
  • How you anticipate our program will meet your learning goals and advance your career path.
  • What you will offer our community.
  • Major strengths and weaknesses in your application to the program.
  • Commitments to volunteerism or community service.
  • Circumstances in your life that reflect your perseverance, flexibility, resolve and passion within diverse and multicultural contexts. Such dimensions may include age, socioeconomic status, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, immigration status, language, nationality, race, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual orientation and veteran/military status.
Official Transcripts

Please request an official academic transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you have attended. Paper transcripts or e-transcripts should be sent directly to William James College from the issuing registrar's office. We recommend that you request these documents as soon as you decide to apply for admission and to allow at least ten business days for the issuing registrar to process your request. If you have completed a semester abroad and these corresponding courses do not appear on your home institution's transcript with a letter grade, then you must provide a separate transcript for this period of study.

Paper transcripts must be addressed to:

William James College
Office of Admissions
One Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

E-transcripts must be sent to

To arrive at William James College on or before the set deadline. Post marked on the deadline date is not acceptable.

All applicants who have attended a non-US institution of higher learning must provide an official translation and equivalency to US Higher Education of their academic record. William James College recommends that applicants contact World Education Services to request this service. For more information, please visit

Test Scores

We do not require the GRE exam for this program.


A supplemental statement is required of all applicants who have previously applied for admission to a program. Your statement should reference the date of your prior application and the program to which you applied, as well as the circumstances that contributed to your decision to re-apply. You should also describe your personal and professional interim experiences that occurred following your past application. 

Previous admission files are kept on hand for a period of two years. Reapplicants may utilize any, or all, of the original application. However, we strongly recommend that you take the time to strengthen your original application, update your statements and recommendations whenever possible.

Change of Career

This section applies to those applicants who have made a decision to change careers.

Please attach a statement regarding your decision to change careers. Describe the evolution of this career change and discuss the ways in which the experiences you have had and skills required by your previous career might relate to your graduate training at William James College.

Applying Concurrently to Multiple Programs

If applying to more than one program, the online application affords the option to select an additional program. Please note: this online application and all application materials must be received on or before the earliest application deadline date. The application review process for each program is separate, including the interview. If you are a distant out-of-state applicant, you may inquire about arranging both interviews on the same day.

Please take note of the following when applying to more than one program:

  • The application fee if applying to more than one program is $75.
  • Your Application Essay should include every program to which you are applying.

If you are offered and accept admission to another program, your  application to this program will be considered withdrawn. Similarly, if you accept the offer of admission to this program, your application to any other program is withdrawn.

Selection of Candidates

Completed application packets are thoroughly reviewed by members of the faculty. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. Applicants who are not in our general geographic area may opt to schedule a telephone interview. 

Each component of the application is an important part of the process. Although cutoff scores are not strictly applied, an undergraduate and/or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. 

Transfer of Credits

We will assess graduate courses that are equivalent to ours, with the exception of the courses on diversity, group counseling and field experience, for up to 12 graduate credits (4 courses). 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.