Master of Arts (M.A) in Mental Health Counseling

The Lynch School’s Master of Arts program in Mental Health Counseling prepares students for careers as mental health counselors and/or to pursue doctoral studies in psychology or other fields. A core component of the MPCAC-accredited program, consistent with the University’s broader mission and Jesuit tradition, is an emphasis on social justice. Graduates are prepared to serve the mental health needs of individuals, groups, communities, and systems across contexts and cultures, and to promote and advocate for social change.

The program’s training emphasizes both academic and applied experiences that incorporate developmental-contextual and multicultural frameworks to understand and promote mental health and well-being in diverse populations. Students receive a broad background in counseling and mental health theories, develop strong counseling skills, engage in reflective scholarship, gain core professional competencies, and master scientifically informed best practices. They graduate ready to practice contemporary counseling.

The Master of Arts degree in Counseling is a two-year program with two tracks:

  • The 60-credit hour program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Graduates of this program are ready for entry-level counseling positions and, with postgraduate supervision and experience, prepared to obtain licensure and advanced skills/specialization. 

  • The 48 credit program prepares students for further studies in counseling or fields in which a solid counseling foundation is valuable. Our graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology and further studies in public policy, law, and business.
Each program requires students to complete a practicum experience.
 

Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable.

At a Glance

How many courses?

A majority of our students take 20 courses for a total of 60 credits. 


How long will it take?

Full time students will typically complete the program in 2 years.


When can I start?

Students can begin the program only in the fall semester. 


Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7444

Theories of Personality and Counseling I

First part of a year-long sequence examining personality and counseling theories. To introduce students to major theories of personality in the field of psychology and how theories are applied in constructing counseling and psychotherapy models. 

3
APSY 7445

Theories of Personality and Counseling II 

Second part of a year-long sequence examining personality and counseling theories. Focuses on psychoanalytic personality and counseling models as well as critical theory as manifested in the psychology of gender and counseling models that integrate gender into working with clients.

3
APSY 7518

Issues in Life Span Development

This course addresses the major psychological and socio-cultural issues in development from childhood through adulthood. The theory, research, and practice in the field of life span development are examined and evaluated.

3
APSY 7528 Multicultural Issues

Assists students to become more effective in their work with ethnic minority and LGBT clients. Increases students' awareness of their own and others' life experiences, and how these impact the way in which we approach interactions with individuals who are different from us. Examines the sociopolitical conditions that impact individuals from ethnic and non-ethnic minority groups in the U.S., and presents an overview of relevant research.
3
APSY 7543

Psychopathology

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to family and couple counseling theory, and perspectives of family therapy along with issues of diversity. This course will focus on theory and practice, viewing the couple/family as a unitary psychosocial system. 

3

Where do our graduates work?

Student Conservation Association

Environmental Education Coordinator

Willowglen Academy

Clinician

Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Assistant

Bay State Community Services

Mental Health Counselor

Veterans Health Administration

Research Health Science Specialist

Christiana Care Health System

Psychologist

Italian Home for Children

In-home Family Therapist

Brain Excel

Cognitive Trainer

Community Substance Abuse Centers

Substance Abuse Clinician

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the CDEP Department.

Application Information

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Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
January 10
Rolling Admission
After January 10

Application Form

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.

Résumé

To be uploaded to your online Application Form

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form

Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education

Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

If you are a current student or alum of Boston College, submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required. The Lynch School requires GRE test scores for all other applicants; our GRE code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education. Learn about requirements for international students.