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

The School Counseling program at Boston College prepares professional school counselors to work in elementary and secondary schools within a diverse and ever-changing society.  The program has educated hundreds of well-trained, licensed school counselors to become leaders, advocates, and change agents who utilize evidence-based practices to remove barriers to learning and to promote positive development for all children and adolescents.  

Consistent with the national model of school counseling put forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), our program trains students to take a “whole child” approach to their work by considering both the in-school and out-of-school factors that promote student thriving.  Emphasis is placed on helping students to understand the ways in which multiple systems (e.g., families, schools, and communities) interact to promote thriving and achievement among children and adolescents representing diverse cultures, racial/ethnic groups, social classes, abilities/disabilities, and sexual orientations.  Through coursework and practicum training, students learn how to utilize a range of interventions with youth and families as well as how to build collaborative partnerships within each of these systems.    

The School Counseling program is a 48-credit hour track that is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and that meets current Massachusetts requirements for initial licensure as a school counselor at the PreK-8 and/or the 5-12 grade levels.  The M.A. in School Counseling is also accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of March, 2017 through March, 2027.

In the Spring semester of 2016, the School Counseling program reviewed 68 applications for admission.  Approximately 69% of these applicants were accepted into the program, and 18 of these applicants enrolled in the Masters in School Counseling program in the Fall semester of 2016.  Seventeen students graduated from the Masters in School Counseling program in Spring 2017.


national ranking among student counseling programs


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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.

At a Glance

How many courses?

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

How long will it take?

Full time students will typically complete the program in 2 years.
Part time students can take 3-5 years to complete the program.

When can I start?

Students ideally begin the program in the fall, but may start in the winter. 

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will you study?


  • Courses: 16
  • Credits: 48
  • Comprehensive Exam
Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7540

Issues in School Counseling

This course traces the development of school counseling as a profession, and helps students understand the major functions of school counselors. Students gain an understanding of schools as dynamic organizations and learn to recognize and appreciate the intersection of family, school, culture, and community. Professional issues related to the practice of school counseling are examined, and recent innovations in the field are reviewed.

APSY 7446 

Child Psychopathology 

Introduces the theory and research that provide the context for understanding the socio-emotional problems of children. Places particular emphasis on the role of risk and protective factors as they contribute to children's resilience and vulnerability to childhood problems. Considers implications for clinical practice and work in school settings.

APSY 7633

Impact of Psychosocial Issues on Learning

Examines, from a holistic perspective, psychological and social issues that affect learning in children and adolescents. Discusses the role of risk and protective factors in the development of vulnerability and resilience. Highlights collaboration of educators with professionals involved in addressing psychological and social issues.

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.

APSY 7605

Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 

Topics include professional codes and ethical principles; laws governing mental health professions; confidentiality, privacy and record keeping; client rights and malpractice; issues in supervision; dual role relationships; psychological assessment; and, issues specific to minorities, children and specialized treatment modalities and techniques. Emphasis is on the preparation of mental health counselors and other mental health professionals.


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.

Application Information


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Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
After 1/6/20
Regular Decision

Application Form

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.


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.


Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

  • Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.


Transcripts must be mailed 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

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. Learn about requirements for international students.