Start your master's degree in counseling as an undergraduate.
While a bachelor's degree in counseling can get you started in a rewarding career in human services, earning a master's degree can open up a wider range of positions in a variety of settings. Additionally, a master's degree is a required step toward becoming a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts—a credential that qualifies counselors to practice independently.
If you're working toward your Bachelor of Science (BS) in Counseling at Lesley, you can apply to start earning your master's degree at the same time. Complete both degrees in one streamlined program and graduate with the hands-on experience you need to get started in your counseling career.
Several dual degree options:
- BS in Counseling & MA in Counseling Psychology
(48-credit non-licensure graduate programs)
For students who want to become generalists in the field, and practice counseling interventions and consultation skills with children and adults in community settings. You can choose the MA in Counseling Psychology with no specialization, or the MA in Counseling Psychology: School Counseling option.
- BS in Counseling & MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
(60-credit licensure-oriented graduate programs)
For students who want to become licensed mental health counselors one day. For the master's degree, you can choose Clinical Mental Health Counseling without a specialization. Or, specialize in Holistic Studies, Trauma Studies, or School & Community Counseling.
How It Works
By completing some graduate credits as an undergraduate student, you'll save both time and money.
- Take 26–29 of your graduate program's 48 or 60 credits in your junior and senior year, included in your undergraduate tuition. Work with the dual degree coordinator and your graduate academic advisor to plan a course sequence.
- Complete the remaining 19–34 graduate credits after senior year, at the graduate tuition rate.
- Earn your bachelor's and master's degrees in 5–6 years of full-time study. (Five years for the 48-credit program, and 6 years for a 60-credit program.) This is about one year faster than if you entered Lesley as a graduate student.
- Save an additional $14,280 on graduate tuition with the Lesley Dividend award (12 free graduate credits), for a savings of 63% to 85% off tuition in total, depending on the program.
- Because this is a dual degree program, you'll earn a combined bachelor's degree/master's degree (one diploma) once you complete the requirements for the master's degree.
Eligibility & Application Requirements
Our honors-level dual degree programs are for exceptional undergraduate counseling students who have demonstrated a high level of academic potential.
We recommend that you explore the differences between the 48-credit program and the various 60-credit programs with the undergraduate dual degree program coordinator and with the graduate school before applying. You'll need to attend an information session with the graduate school, which is offered twice a year, and this is the perfect time to ask questions so you can figure out which path is best for you.
Applications are due before November 1 of your junior year. If accepted, you'll start taking graduate-level courses in the second semester of junior year and continue through to senior year. (Adult undergrads through Lesley's Center for the Adult Learner may apply for an exception to apply in spring.)
- Cumulative GPA of 3.3
- Letter of academic support from Katherine Barone, the dual degree coordinator
- Recommendations by Undergraduate Psychology & Applied Therapies Division core faculty
- A letter of recommendation from a work supervisor in a human service setting, or an internship supervisor
- A preferred score of 396 or higher on the Miller's Analogy Test
- Attendance at a graduate school group information session
- Successful interview with a faculty member from the Graduate Counseling & Psychology Division
- Learn more about our counseling dual degree program
Follow the requirements for the counseling major and complete client-focused, non-administrative internships or seek work in a human services setting for a summer job before applying to Lesley. Contact the dual degree coordinator by the end of June (or sooner) if you're entering Lesley with 60 or more credits.