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Counseling Psychology, M.A.

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  • 9 months
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The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Trauma Track is designed to provide students with a graduate level education, preparing them for employment in a variety of helping professions.


Our program prepares graduates for mental health counseling licensure in Massachusetts and in other states. In addition to core courses in counseling techniques, psychopathology, career counseling, psychopharmacology and psychological assessment, students will be exposed to specialty areas of how to counsel those who have experienced physical, emotional, and sexual trauma, people and families impacted by chronic illness, and those embarking on end of life concerns.At the completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Understand qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research studies.
  • Critically analyze peer-reviewed literature.
  • Examine the most appropriate methods and understand different types of research designs, including survey, experimental, and quasi-experimental.
  • Students will design, conduct, write, and present new psychological research.
  • Analyze several different aspects of human development, including, but not limited to: cognitive development, social development, and emotional development.
  • Evaluate the impact of mental health issues on society at micro and macro levels.
  • Explore various types of trauma (physical, sexual, emotional), and how they affect individuals, couples, families, and groups differently.
  • Analyze literature on mental health diagnoses, psychopharmacology, trauma, and resiliency.
  • Evaluate the psychological, sociological, and biological concerns related to aging.
  • Analyze attitudes, reactions, values, and beliefs about death, dying and grief across cultures in the United States.
  • Understand counseling theories and how they apply to clinical practice
  • Apply core counseling techniques to a wide variety of clinical issues and presentations.
  • Comprehend and abide ethical codes of conduct for professional counseling practices.
  • Demonstrate competency in crisis situations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • PS501 Counseling Theory   
  • PS502 Psychopathology
  • PS503 Counseling Techniques
  • PS504 Group Therapy   
  • PS505 Advanced Human Development
  • PS506 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling       
  • PS507 Practicum
  • PS508 Crisis Intervention and Disaster Mental Health
  • PS509 Career Counseling
  • PS510 Addictions
  • PS511 Research and Evaluation
  • PS515 Social and Cultural Foundations
  • PS525 Psychological Assessment and Techniques
  • PS612 Counseling for Chronic Illness      
  • PS620 Psychopharmacology
  • PS621 Death and Dying
  • PS623 Social Gerontology
  • PS633 Psychological Trauma Across the Lifespan
  • PS660 Internship I
  • PS661 Internship II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

For more information please visit the university's website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30389 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30389 USD per year and a duration of 9 months.
  • National

    30389 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30389 USD per year and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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