Counseling & Psychology

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Professional Counseling

Master of Arts (MA), on-campus graduate program

Affect positive change in the lives of others.

Get ready to practice professional counseling and learn how to establish a counselor-client relationship based on empathy and trust. In this program, you’ll gain comprehensive training and eligibility for your counseling license. Through coursework and 700 hours of supervised counseling with clients, you’ll become versed in the ethical and professional guidelines for practice, and leave fully prepared to counsel children and adults.

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. Our curriculum explores not only the psychological, but also the biological bases of behavior. 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.

You’ll leave Lesley with the field hours and knowledge you need to become a licensed mental health counselor. You’ll bring an evidence-based approach to promoting mental health. And you’ll find that your skills are in high demand in a variety of settings, including healthcare facilities, community agencies, and schools.

Program Structure

Full or part-time, on-campus program

60 credits
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.
$47,922
The average salary for professionals with a degree in mental health counseling in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
#1
Massachusetts is the best state in the nation for mental health care according to Mental Health America, with excellent access to care for both youth and adults.
11%
Careers in mental health counseling are expanding, with projections for an eleven percent increase in job openings in New England over the next ten years. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
The field of mental health counseling is expanding rapidly, making this an exciting time to pursue graduate study. Common job titles for people with master's degrees in mental health counseling include:
Careers
Where Graduates Work
Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area have a large concentration of medical, healthcare, and mental health-related facilities and organizations. Graduates find careers in a wide range of places, including:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Professional Counseling
  • Tuition
    $1,130/credit x 60
    $67,800
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    $1,090
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Materials Fee
    $240
    Activity Fees
    $180
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fees
    $70
  • Merit Scholarship
    Merit Scholarship
    $-5,000
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The Division of Counseling & Psychology awards merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $12,000. Other forms of financial aid may also be available. Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover. 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 2018–2019 academic year.
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