Counseling & Psychology

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts (MA), full-time or part-time graduate program

Listen with purpose.

Develop the understanding, social justice perspective, and clinical expertise needed to become a creative and effective mental health counselor. Gain comprehensive training and eligibility for your counseling license by completing two internships for a total of 1,300 hours of field experience. Through coursework and supervised contact with clients, become versed in the ethical and professional guidelines for practice, and leave fully prepared to counsel individuals, families, and groups.

In our graduate clinical mental health counseling program, you’ll examine the human condition from multiple angles, from the physical and behavioral to the cultural and spiritual.  

You'll be guided and supported in gaining a nuanced understanding of yourself as an instrument of therapeutic benefit to others—that is, how your lived experience impacts your values, beliefs, and perspectives on the nature of well-being. Both in the classroom and in the field, you’ll apply a social justice lens to mental health care and investigate issues of access and equity.

Our Cambridge location is a springboard to field placement opportunities, where you’ll put your learning into practice. You’ll work in clinics, schools, and community agencies alongside pioneering mental health practitioners and activists. Our program emphasizes multicultural understanding and fosters the skills and abilities to work competently and respectfully with diverse populations. 

Program Structure

3-Year, On-Campus Program

60 Credits
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Cambridge, MA

A nexus for higher education and mental health counseling practice and research, each year 250,000 students arrive to Cambridge from around the globe. The intellectual and cultural capital runs deep, and so do your opportunities addressing barriers to wellness. From Lesley’s location, access innovative community, hospital, and school-based mental health programs.

Where Students Intern
Our field training office will guide you in finding the best placement to grow your skills, match your career goals, and meet requirements for licensure. With over 450 sites in the Greater Boston area and beyond, and new sites added every year, you'll have the opportunity to explore the variety of roles that professional counselors serve, including:
Licensure Information
Completion of this program provides the pre-licensing educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with all requirements and regulations if you are seeking licensure in another state.
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Counseling & Psychology
Susan Gere
Susan Gere, professor and division director of Counseling and Psychology, is core faculty and a clinician and consultant in the community. Dr. Gere’s research and teaching interests are in integrative approaches to trauma treatment; understanding the impact of adverse life experience on adult learning; and mental health consultation in clinical, educational, organizational, and community settings.
Where Graduates Work


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Tuition
    $1,100/credit x 60
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Registration Fee
    Materials Fee
    Activity Fee
    Practicum Fee
    Degree Completion Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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