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University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston , Massachusetts ,United States

Mental Health MS

UMass Boston’s Mental Health MS focuses on a challenging and rewarding academic program to prepare you for a career as a mental health counselor. It’s designed for people interested in pursuing an advanced degree and state licensure to work in mental health counseling. The program begins with a two-week in-person study at or near the UMass Boston campus where you’ll get to know your cohort and complete two courses (6 credits) of your degree. Throughout the program, you’ll get hands-on experience as you complete some of your required clinical fieldwork hours through an approved field placement under appropriate supervision. At the end of the program, you’ll meet the academic requirements for state licensure in mental health counseling in the state of Massachusetts and will have completed all of the pre-graduation clinical fieldwork hours required for licensure.

Intakes

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Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Application Process

More information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

At the end of this two-year program, you’ll be awarded a Master of Science in Mental Health (Counseling). The degree will demonstrate your expertise in the field on your résumé, as well as in interviews and workplace evaluations. At the end of the program, you will be prepared to finish the required clinical fieldwork hours to earn your licensure* to work as a mental health counselor. Students with a concentration in adjustment counseling will be eligible for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education K-12 initial level licensure as a school adjustment counselor.

PSW Opportunity

  • 12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Application Checklist

  • To apply to the program, students must submit:
    • A completed application and application fee.
    • Two letters of recommendation where at least one letter should be from a person who knows your academic work. We strongly recommend getting letters from professors whenever possible but we will accept a letter of recommendation from a supervisor if you have been out of a school for some time. 
    • A statement of purpose detailing your goals, professional experience, and reasons for applying to the program. Your essay should consist of your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study in 300 words (part 1). Then, indicate your specific interests and discuss the kind of work you would like to do in your intended field in no more than 1200 words (part 2).       
    • Official undergraduate and graduate official transcripts from all universities you attended. All transcripts must be official and sealed. 
    • We require the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test from all applicants. Please note we will waive the GRE requirement only after Graduate Admissions receives your official transcripts and verifies your degree. We do not accept the MATs and the Psychology GRE test is not required. 
    • Please include an updated résumé. 
    • Optional: writing sample if your GRE writing score is low.