Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Counseling

Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Counseling

Housed within Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development, the Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Counseling prepares you to work as a licensed school counselor in a broad range of elementary and secondary schools that represent our diverse and ever-changing society. The program’s small cohort size and comprehensive mentorship support make it a singular and nurturing place to launch a counseling career. The program has trained hundreds of school counselors to become leaders, advocates, and change agents who utilize evidence-based practices to remove barriers to learning and promote positive development for children and adolescents.

Ranked as the nation’s #10 School Counseling and Personnel Services program by U.S. News & World Report, our program is grounded in Boston College’s Jesuit traditions of service and social justice. Our flexible curriculum and after-work course options allow students to pursue their degrees full time or part time, balancing family and professional commitments. Unlike many of our peer institutions, we have a dedicated director of practicum experience on staff who works to pair students with pre-practicum and practicum placements at schools that fit their individual training goals.

In keeping with the national model of school counseling put forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), our program trains counselors to take a “whole child” approach, considering both the in-school and out-of-school factors that promote student thriving. Emphasis is placed on helping you understand how multiple systems—including families, schools, and communities—interact to promote thriving and achievement among children and adolescents who represent diverse cultures, racial and ethnic groups, social classes, abilities, and sexual orientations.

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 16 courses worth a total of 48 credits. 

How long will it take?

Full-time students typically complete the program in two years.
Part-time students may spend 3–5 years finishing the degree.

When can I start?

Most students begin the program in the fall, but you may also start in the winter. 


National ranking for Student Counseling and Personnel Services programs

U.S. News & World Report

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 16
  • Credits: 48
  • Comprehensive Exam

Where do our graduates work?

Randolph Community Middle School

School Counselor

Marblehead High School

School Counselor

John T. O'Bryant School

Director of Graduate Admission

T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School

School Counselor

Everett High School

School Counselor

Viewpoint School

Associate Director of College Counseling

Christo Rey High School

School Counselor

Latin School of Chicago

College Counseling Assistant

Needham High School

School Counselor

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the CDEP Department.

Financial Assistance

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

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 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. 

Application Information


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Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
Until 5/1
Intl. Applicants
Until 5/1
Spring Applicants

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To be eligible for the doctoral program, applicants must already hold a master's degree.

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


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. 


Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that one is admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration. To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at GSOE@BC.EDU. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:

  • Course titles and grades for each course
  • Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
  • Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
    • Original and translated transcripts must be provided

If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:

  • An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for 2022 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

Requirements for International Students

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