Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling Curriculum

These course sequences are subject to change and will be updated. To obtain the most current course sequences, please contact Dr. Beth Greenberg at beth.greenberg@becker.edu or 508.373.9752. Thank you.

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 College 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.

All courses in the MA in MHC program are listed below:

  • COUN 5000: Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction – 3 credits
  • COUN 5001: Human Growth and Development in Counseling – 3 credits
  • COUN 5002: Consultation Team – 1 credit
  • COUN 5003: Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice – 3 credits
  • COUN 5004: Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health – 3 credits
  • COUN 5005: DBT Skills Group, Behavioral Analysis and Exposure – 3 credits
  • COUN 5006: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning – 3 credits
  • COUN 5010: Counseling Practicum – 3 credits
  • COUN 5011: Principles and Methods of Assessment – 3 credits
  • COUN 5012: Co-Occurring Disorders: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness – 3 credits
  • COUN 5015: Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling – 3 credits
  • COUN 5016: Group Approaches in Mental Health Counseling – 3 credits
  • COUN 5017: Career Counseling and Development – 3 credits
  • COUN 5018: Research methods and Program Evaluation in Mental Health – 3 credits
  • COUN 5019: Research Practicum I – 3 credits
  • COUN 5020: Research Practicum II – 3 credits
  • COUN 5022: Advanced Topics in Social Emotional Learning and School Mental Health– 4 credits (School Consultation)
  • COUN 5023: Advanced Dialectical Behavior Treatment Principles – 4 credits (Community Mental Health)
  • COUN 5030: Counseling Internship I – 3 credits
  • COUN 5031: Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals– 3 credits
  • COUN 5032: Consultation and Program Evaluation – 3 credits
  • COUN 5040: Counseling Internship II – 3 credits
  • COUN 5050: Thesis in Mental Health Counseling I – 1 credit or COUN 5051: Mental Health Counseling Project I – 1 credit (available to students in both tracks)
  • COUN 5060: Thesis in Mental Health Counseling II – 1 credit or COUN 5061: Mental Health Counseling Project II – 1 credit (available to students in both tracks)

Recommended Course Sequence for a Full-time (2-Year) Curriculum with Summer Entry:

SUMMER 1 –
7 weeks
(May – June)
SUMMER 2 –
7 weeks
(July – August)
FALL 1 –
15 weeks
(August – December)
SPRING 1 –
15 weeks
(January – May)
(9 credits)
COUN5000
Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction (3)
COUN5001
Human Growth & Development in Counseling (3)

COUN5003 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (3)

COUN5002 Consultation Team (1)

COUN5004 Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health (3)

COUN5005 DBT Skills Group, Behavioral Analysis and Exposure Treatments (3)

COUN5006 Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (3)

COUN5010 Counseling Practicum (3)

COUN5011
Principles and Methods of Assessment (3)

COUN5018 Research Methods and Program Evaluation in Mental Health (3)

SUMMER 3 – 7 weeks (May – June)
SUMMER 4 – 7 weeks (July – August)
FALL 2 – 15 weeks
(August – December)
SPRING 2 – 15 weeks
(January – May)
COUN5012 Co-occurring Disorders: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness (3)

COUN5016 Group Approaches in Mental Health Counseling (3)

COUN5019 Research Practicum I (1)

COUN5015 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling (3)

COUN5017 Career Counseling and Development (3)

COUN5020 Research Practicum II (1)

COUN5022 Advanced Topics in Social Emotional Learning and School Mental Health (4) OR
COUN5023 Advanced Dialectical Behavioral Treatment Principles (4)

COUN5030 Counseling Internship I (3)

COUN5050 Thesis in Mental Health Counseling I (1) OR COUN5051 Mental Health Counseling Project I (1)

COUN5031 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals (3)

COUN5032 Consultation and Program Evaluation (3)

COUN5040 Counseling Internship II (3)

COUN5060 Thesis in Mental Health Counseling II (1)

COUN5061 Mental Health Counseling Project II (1)

Recommended Course Sequence for a Part-time (3-Year) Curriculum with Summer Entry:

SUMMER 1 – 7 weeks
(May – June)
SUMMER 2 – 7 weeks
(July – August)
FALL 1 – 15 weeks
(August – December)
SPRING 1 – 15 weeks
(January – May)
COUN5000
Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction (3)
COUN5001
Human Growth & Development in Counseling (3)

COUN5003 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (3)

COUN5002 Consultation Team (1)

COUN5006 Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (3)

COUN5010
Counseling Practicum (3)

COUN5011
Principles and Methods of Assessment (3)

SUMMER 3 – 7 weeks (May – June) SUMMER 4 – 7 weeks (July – August) FALL 2 – 15 weeks
(August – December)
SPRING 2 – 15 weeks
(January – May)
COUN5012
Co-occurring Disorders:
Substance Abuse and Mental Illness (3)

COUN5016 Group Approaches in Mental Health Counseling (3)

COUN5015 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling (3) COUN5004 Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health (3)

COUN5005 DBT Skills Group, Behavioral Analysis and Exposure Treatments (3)

COUN5018 Research Methods and Program Evaluation in Mental Health (3)

COUN5031
Psycho-pharmacology for Mental Health Professionals (3)

SUMMER 5 – 7 weeks
(May – June)
SUMMER 6 – 7 weeks
(July – August)
FALL 3 – 15 weeks
(August – December)
SPRING 3 – 15 weeks
(January – May)
COUN5019 Research Practicum I (1) COUN5017 Career Counseling and Development (3)

COUN5020 Research Practicum II (1)

COUN5022 Advanced Topics in Social Emotional Learning and School Mental Health (4) OR
COUN5023 Advanced Dialectical Behavioral Treatment Principles (4)

COUN5030 Counseling Internship I (3)COUN5050 Thesis in Mental Health Counseling I (1) OR COUN5051 Mental Health Counseling Project I (1)

COUN5032 Consultation and Program Evaluation (3)

COUN5040 Counseling Internship II (3)

COUN5060 Thesis in Mental Health Counseling II (1) OR COUN5061 Mental Health Counseling Project II (1)

Students enrolled in the BA to MA Degree Program complete the same courses. The course sequence for these students can be seen in the table below:

Sample Course Sequence for BA to MA Degree Program Curriculum:

SENIOR YEAR SUMMER – 7 weeks
(July – August)
FALL – 15 weeks
(August – December)
SPRING – 15 weeks
(January – May)
COUN5003 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (3) COUN5006
Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (3)
COUN5011 Principles and Methods of Assessment (3)

COUN5018 Research Methods and Program Evaluation in Mental Health (3)

SUMMER 1 – 7 weeks
(May – June)
SUMMER 2 – 7 weeks
(July – August)
FALL 1 – 15 weeks
(August – December)
SPRING 1 – 15 weeks
(January – May)
COUN5000 Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction (3)

COUN5012 Co-occurring Disorders: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness (3)

COUN5019 Research Practicum I (1)

COUN5001 Human Growth & Development in Counseling (3)

COUN5020 Research Practicum II (1)

COUN5002 Consultation Team (1)

COUN5004 Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health (3)

COUN5005 DBT Skills Group, Behavioral Analysis and Exposure Treatments (3)

COUN5010
Counseling Practicum (3)

COUN5031 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals (3)

COUN5032 Consultation and Program Evaluation (3)

SUMMER 3 – 7 weeks
(May – June)
SUMMER 4 – 7 weeks
(July – August)
FALL 2 – 15 weeks
(August – December)
COUN5016 Group Approaches in Mental Health Counseling (3)

COUN5030 Counseling Internship I (3)

COUN5050 Thesis in Mental Health Counseling I (1) OR COUN5051 Mental Health Counseling Project I (1)

COUN5015 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling (3)

COUN5017 Career Counseling and Development (3)

COUN5022 Advanced Topics in Social Emotional Learning and School Mental Health (4) OR COUN5023 Advanced Dialectical Behavioral Treatment Principles (4)

COUN5040 Counseling Internship II (3)

COUN5060 Thesis in Mental Health Counseling II (1) OR COUN5061 Mental Health Counseling Project II (1)

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