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

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.
 
Click here for the Suggested Course Sequence for students entering the program in 2018 to 2019. 
 
Click here for the Suggested Course Sequence for students entering the program in 2017 to 2018. 
 
  • To demonstrate foundational training in, and foster identification with, the field of counseling

  • To train students to become competent as practitioners, and knowledgeable of the ways in which science influences practice and practice influences science

  • To train students to understand the nature of social justice in their professional work and to infuse this perspective into their practice

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?


Curriculum


  • Courses: 16 or 20
  • Credits: 48 or 60
  • Comprehensive Exam

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.

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 $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.

Application Information

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Deadlines

Regular Decision
1/6/20
Rolling Admission
After 1/6/20
Spring
Regular Decision
11/1/19

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

Resume

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

All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. 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 gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.

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

For all Boston College students and alumni
If you received any type of degree from Boston College, or if you are a current Boston College student, the GRE is not required.

For all other applicants
If you did not receive a degree from Boston College or if you are not a current Boston College student, the GRE is required.

The Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

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

Contact Us

  gsoe@bc.edu
  617-552-4214