24 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
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University of Massachusetts Boston's 60-credit hour MPCAC-accredited Mental Health Counseling master's program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Essential to the implementation of the University of Massachusetts Boston's Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program curriculum is the integration of theory presented in classrooms and its application in practicum and internship experiences. 

In order to integrate the curriculum content with other training experiences, the program provides information about the socio-political contexts of people’s lives as well as about information related to personality, development, psychiatric taxonomy, professional orientation and ethics, methods of inquiry and the process of change. 

In addition, our program provides opportunities for its students to develop professional skills and competencies and to practice them in professional settings. The program prepares students to make significant practitioner-oriented contributions to counseling and prepares them for further study at the doctoral level if they desire to do so. 

All of our faculty are actively involved in research and contribute significantly to the profession at both national and international levels. There are opportunities to do research with our internationally known faculty if a student so desires.


  • The MHC curriculum emphasizes respect for the social foundations and cultural diversity of self and all others. The curriculum is also designed to facilitate students’ integration of their personal and professional identities as mental health counselors. 
  • We aim to foster each student’s self-awareness, compassion, and ability to think critically. The ability to apply these critical thinking skills to counseling practice through a social justice lens is one of many that allow our students to competently work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
  • The MHC program, within a public urban university, is dedicated to the training of professionals who most likely will provide counseling and related activities to individuals from various diverse backgrounds. Mental health counselors work in a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, clinics, hospitals, and schools. Many students from our program go on to pursue doctoral level study as well.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Research and Evaluation in Psychology
  • Sociocultural Considerations in Counseling
  • Psychopathology and Diagnosis  
  • Counseling Theory and Practice 
  • Group Counseling and Group Dynamics
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • April 1 (final) for summer online


60 SCH


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two or three social science courses (courses in psychology, sociology or anthropology, but not economics or political science).
  • A distinguished undergraduate transcript with at least a 3.0 cumulative average. (Please explain in a personal statement if your GPA is below 3.0)
  • Two strong letters of recommendation indicating the potential to become an empathic and responsible counselor as well as to succeed academically on the graduate level. Letters from former professors are particularly important.
  • A group and/or individual interview with other candidates and faculty members.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • Part time in-state: $787/credit
  • Part time out-of-state: $1,537/credit

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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