Counseling & Psychology

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Professional Counseling

Master of Arts (MA), on-campus or off-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.

Whether you study on campus in Cambridge or off campus on Cape Cod, 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 or off-campus program

60 credits
graduate students sitting outside
On-Campus Option

Become part of a community of scholars and mental health practitioners in Cambridge, Massachusetts while pursuing your degree. Gain in-person access to leaders in the field, and benefit from our professional network in and around Greater Boston and New England. Complete the program after approximately three years of full-time study.

graduate student in class
Off-Campus Option

This program is now offered in a convenient weekend-only format on Cape Cod Community College’s Barnstable, Massachusetts campus. Meet one weekend per month, connect to field training experiences through Lesley’s extensive network, and earn your degree in approximately 3.5 years.

Learn more at our information sessions.

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.
$65,499
The average salary for graduates with a degree in mental health counseling.
#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.
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
    $1,100/credit x 60
    $66,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $1,090
    Registration Fee
    $280
    Materials Fee
    $240
    Activity Fee
    $180
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $70
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

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

  • Tuition
    $625/credit x 60
    $37,500
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $1,090
    Registration Fee
    $400
    Materials Fee
    $240
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $70
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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 2017-2018 academic year.
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