Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling Admissions Requirements


Our approach to the admissions process is holistic; we consider all that each applicant has to offer, rather than making decisions based on any single factor.

We are no longer reviewing applications for the May 2018 cohort.  Students will be able to complete an application for the May 2019 program beginning in September.  Please check back then for updated information. 

In addition to the completed application, additional admissions requirements include the following:



As part of the application process, applicants must compose a typed response to each of the following three essay questions.  Each essay should comprehensively address the topic and is limited to no more than 500 words.

  1. People entering the mental health field often consider obtaining a degree in mental health counseling, social work or psychology. Where do you see yourself working upon graduation? Why do you feel that a master’s degree in mental health counseling, as opposed to a degree in a similar field (e.g., social work, psychology), is most appropriate to attain that goal?


  1. Describe a time when you achieved a long-term goal that required you to overcome obstacles and challenges. In what ways did this experience contribute to your personal and/or professional development? What skills and resources did you utilize to achieve your goal?


  1. The life of a graduate student in mental health counseling can be very stressful, requiring the student to manage rigorous coursework and clinical training, while also maintaining responsibilities related to a job, family, friends and oneself. Describe how you plan to balance the personal, professional and academic demands on you as a graduate student to assure your success in the program.


Applicants are expected to have taken at least five undergraduate courses in Psychology with an earned grade of “C” or better.  Preference will be given to students who have taken:

  • General (Introductory) Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Two semesters of Research Methods and Statistics

In addition to these courses, preference will be given to students who have completed at least two of the following courses:

  • Experimental Psychology
  • Biological Bases of Behavior/Physiological Psychology
  • Two semesters of a science with a lab


For more information about applying for enrollment in the Becker College Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program, call 877.523.2537 or email

“All required documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal essays) can be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Becker College
61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA   01609

Items can also be emailed directly to the College at Official college transcripts showing proof of graduation will be required before students can begin classes. Applications will be reviewed by the graduate admissions committee upon receipt of all documents.

International Applicants: Students who are interested in the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program and will require a student visa can contact Michael Perron, Dean of Admissions, at for information about their application process.  International students may be required to complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam.  Becker College requires a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 90 for admission to the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program.