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Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment opportunities for mental health counselors will grow significantly (23%) over the next 10 years*. The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program prepares graduate students for success in the mental health counseling field by incorporating experiential learning opportunities throughout the curriculum.

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Our program is the only one of its kind in Massachusetts where students complete their practicum training by providing supervised counseling services to clients in our campus-based Community Counseling Clinic @ Becker College. This unique training experience, as well as additional field placements in group practice and mental health research, positions students for success in their community-based internship and in the mental health counseling workforce.

The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program is approved by the Board of Higher Education and accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). It fulfills all pre-master’s requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts and most other states.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm


For more details about the Becker College Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, including Tuition & Fees and Financial Aid, contact Program Coordinator, Associate Professor Beth Greenberg at 508.373.9752 or email beth.greenberg@becker.edu.

For more information about applying for enrollment in the Becker College Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, call 508.373.9500 or email gps@becker.edu.


The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling degree curriculum offers several enrollment options. Students can complete the program in 2 years (full-time) or 3 years (part-time). Through the B.A. to M.A. program option, qualified Becker undergraduate students can begin taking courses in the master’s program as early as their junior year. Upon successful completion of all B.A. to M.A. requirements, these students are awarded unconditional acceptance into the graduate program, and will require only 1 1/2 years to complete the Master of Arts degree curriculum.

Students begin the program in the fall. (B.A. to M.A. students begin in the summer.) A cohort model is followed, with each class of students beginning the program together and taking the majority of courses in sequence together. Fall, spring and summer terms are offered in 7 week sessions, with the exception of courses that include practicum experiences and field places, which follow a traditional 15-week semester.


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