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Counseling & Psychology

Counseling Psychology

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), full-time or part-time graduate program

Deepen your professional impact.

Expand your current skill set, pursue leading-edge research, and enhance your understanding of counseling psychology theory and practice. Through Lesley’s 36-credit certificate program, designed for current professionals, study with faculty-clinicians who specialize in areas such as neuropsychology and neuroscience, holistic health, trauma studies, cultural diversity, and career counseling. During required field training, work with diverse populations, and attain additional supervised experience.

Pursue a highly personalized course of study, work with diverse populations, and build your professional network in Greater Boston—the epicenter of higher learning, where some of the world’s most innovative mental health thinking happens. Become versed in the ethical and professional guidelines for practice, and attain the knowledge and skills needed to pursue your PhD in Counseling Psychology. Get ready to join a community of Lesley graduates who are integrating the arts with mental health services, creating avenues for creativity, discovery, and wellness.

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Program Structure

2-Year, On-Campus Program in Cambridge, MA

36 Credits

Remote Learning for Summer 2021 On-Campus Programs

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Summer 2021, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

“The Lesley learning community is diverse and supportive of all students. When I started working in the field, it was clear to me that Lesley is educating ahead of the curve.”
Beth Baldwin , Counseling Psychology

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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.

Counselors, therapists, and other mental health practitioners were trained at Lesley University in the last 5 years, making us the largest provider of training for licensed mental health counselors in New England.
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.
Careers in mental health counseling are expanding, with projections for a 22% increase in job openings from 2018 to 2028. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Where Graduates Work
Where Students Gain Field Training


Total approximate cost for this certificate program.
Counseling Psychology
  • Tuition
    $1,190/credit x 36
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    Registration Fees
    Materials Fee
    Activity Fees
    Practicum Fees
  • 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 certificate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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