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 60-credit 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 60-credit 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 the summer before their senior 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 are expected to begin the program during the summer of their first year. A cohort model is followed, with each class of students beginning the program together and taking the majority of courses in sequence together. Summer terms are offered in two 7-week sessions. Fall and Spring terms follow a traditional 15-week semester.

Students initially complete entry level courses that emphasize the foundations of counseling theory and basic counseling skill development. Beginning in the spring term of the first year, students select a track within the program in which to focus their coursework and training: Community Mental Health or School Consultation. Students also continue to enroll in courses that are required for all students, regardless of their track.

 


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