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

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

Prepare for a career as a licensed mental health professional or to pursue further studies in psychology, counseling, or related fields. With its emphasis on social justice, our program trains you to serve the mental health needs of individuals, groups, communities, and systems and to promote and advocate for social change.

At a Glance

How many courses?

Most students take 20 courses (60 credits total). 

How long will it take?

Full-time students typically finish in two years.

When can I start?

You can begin the program only in the fall semester.

By the Numbers


Student Counseling and Personnel Services





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During the two-year program, you can choose between a 48-credit or 60-credit program of study. Each program requires you to complete an internship with one of our Boston-based partner organizations.


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

60-Credit Master's

The 60-credit, two-year program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When you graduate from this program, you will be eligible for entry-level counseling positions and prepared, with postgraduate supervision and experience, to obtain licensure and accreditation for advanced skills/specialization. 

48-Credit Master's

The 48-credit, two-year program will prepare you for further studies in counseling or fields in which a solid counseling foundation is desirable. Our graduates go on to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology and further studies in public policy, law, and business.


Much of the second year of the program focuses on the internship, where you will have opportunities to hone your counseling skills as part of a practicum team. In all of our placements, we emphasize the importance of culture and context, encouraging students to acquire a community-oriented understanding of the settings in which they serve.

The ability to connect with professors set my experience at the Lynch School apart. I was able to maintain relationships with so many of them during and after the program, and I really felt taken care of. In terms of career development, they’ve been generous in helping me find the right opportunities to pursue.
Nicolas Sperry, M.A. ’13, LMHC


Financial Aid

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. 
Social justice and multiculturalism—these two words are linked to BC’s program in my mind, and that made the difference when I was choosing between schools.
Guolin Zhang, M.A. ’20



  • Environmental Education Coordinator
  • Clinician
  • Research Assistant
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Research Health Science Specialist
  • Psychologist
  • In-Home Family Therapist
  • Cognitive Trainer
  • Substance Abuse Clinician


  • Student Conservation Association
  • Willowglen Academy
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Bay State Community Services
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Italian Home for Children
  • Brain Excel
  • Community Substance Abuse Centers



Application & Deadlines

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


  • Regular decision — 1/6
  • Rolling admission — until 5/1*
  • International applicants — 5/1*

*The Fall 2022 cohort reached its maximum capacity in mid-April. Consequently, the application has been closed.


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.

If you are admitted and enroll, 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 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

NACES Members

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