Counseling & Psychology

Counseling Psychology: School Counseling

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

Encourage, challenge, and support students and their families.

Today, children and young adults face increasing pressure to meet new standards and demands. By training to become a school counselor, you can play a critical role in helping students to achieve their highest potential. At Lesley, you’ll learn to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to coordinate your efforts with teachers, administrators, and parents. And, you’ll become eligible for Massachusetts school counselor licensure (grades PreK-8 or 5–12).

Combine mental health counseling with your desire to work with multiple age groups in educational settings. Work with children and adolescents, as well as their families, to build an environment of respect, cooperation, and support. As a school counselor, you’ll do all you can to help students reach their academic and personal goals.

Benefit from our ongoing partnerships with public schools in the Boston area, and also from our reputation among principals and districts as New England’s largest and most respected provider of teacher education. During a required yearlong internship in an educational setting, begin to promote growth, healing, and social change in schools.

Your education will integrate mind-body behavioral health, trauma studies, and social justice advocacy—so you’ll be prepared to counsel students from the basis of the whole person. With support at every step, you’ll qualify for your school counseling license, and master the skills to push young people toward success, both in the classroom and in life.

Program Structure

On-Campus Full- or Part-Time Program

48 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.

“Principals and guidance counselors trust that our graduate students are well prepared to lead group sessions and help their guidance staff provide psychosocial support to their students.”
Dalia Llera, Professor, Counseling & Psychology
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)
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:
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:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Counseling Psychology: School Counseling
  • 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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