Counseling & Psychology

Counseling Psychology

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

Gain a foundation in leading-edge practices.

You want to empower others to make progress in their lives. Through this 48-credit counseling psychology program, build the skills and expertise needed to help people free themselves from psychological distress and behavioral patterns. Explore new ways to catalyze healing, and gain field experience in leading-edge techniques and practices. Graduate prepared to work in agencies under supervision or continue on to doctoral study.

Gain a thorough grounding in counseling theory and the latest research as well as the practical skills needed to guide people toward personal growth and transformation.

Study with faculty-clinicians who specialize in areas such as neuropsychology and neuroscience, holistic health, trauma studies, cultural diversity, and career counseling. And work with diverse populations during a required 700-hour internship 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 doctoral study. 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.

Program Structure

On-Campus Full- or Part-Time Program

48 Credits

Program Features

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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:
The average salary for professionals with a degree in mental health counseling in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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 an eleven percent increase in job openings in New England over the next ten years. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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Counseling & Psychology
Brandon Jones ’14
When opportunities arise, Brandon Jones has a philosophy: say “yes.” His eagerness to try on a broad range of roles in his field, coupled with his commitment to social justice, has led to a career promoting transformation within diverse populations. In his current work he draws upon trauma-informed interventions to empower men, women, children, and families to overcome challenges spanning from chronic homelessness to patterns of trauma and neglect.
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:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Counseling Psychology
  • Tuition
    $1,160/credit x 48
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    Materials Fees
    Registration Fees
    Activity Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fees
  • Merit Scholarship
    Merit Scholarship
  • 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 2019–2020 academic year.
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