Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MSMHC)

When you pursue your Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Suffolk University, you’ll gain core counseling, case conceptualization, diagnostic, and treatment planning skills. Plus, you’ll train in a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques so you can meet your clients’ diverse needs. Our program’s established reputation with area agencies and institutions means you’ll be highly sought-after once you graduate.

At Suffolk, you’ll learn to assess, diagnose, and treat clients with a variety of mental health issues. Through our rigorous scientist-practitioner model, you’ll also learn to incorporate research into everyday practice and apply empirically supported treatment approaches in your work. Our downtown Boston location maximizes your access to networking, internship, and employment opportunities at nearby hospitals and treatment centers, and puts you closer to underserved populations.

You'll train to function in a variety of community mental health settings (e.g., clinics, hospitals, prisons, college counseling centers, day treatment programs, rehabilitation facilities, outreach programs, after care centers, etc.). As you systematically complete the curriculum, you'll develop a competency base from which to perform effectively in your area of specialization.

You’ll also qualify to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts. Our two-year, 60-credit program—including a supervised clinical practicum—meets education and degree requirements mandated by the Massachusetts Licensing Board.

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Application Deadlines

Applications are for Fall semester only.

February 1 (Round 1) with all materials in by February 10.
April 1 (Round 2) with all materials in by April 10, then rolling on a space-available basis.

Practice Makes Perfect

See how counseling students build confidence and therapeutic skills during clinical internships.
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Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Two letters of recommendation; applicants who have earned their bachelor's degree within the past five years must submit two letters from academic references (Learn more)
  • All official transcripts from any college or university attended
  • Interview by invitation
  • Official GRE scores (Note: Testing requirements vary by program, and some students may qualify for a waiver. Learn more.)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk

Tuition (2020-2021) Full-time, Per year $34,560
Cost Per Credit (2020-2021) For part-time students $1,152

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer merit-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $15,500 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

State Licensure

Suffolk University’s Masters in Mental Health Counseling meets the educational requirements qualifying graduates to be licensed to practice as a Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, subject to all other requirements for licensure in Massachusetts.

Suffolk’s program does not meet the educational requirements for licensure in the following states:

  • Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Georgia; Kentucky; Minnesota; New York; New Hampshire; North Carolina; Oregon; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; and Vermont

Students wishing to practice as a Mental Health Counselor in any of these states will need to take one more additional courses, depending on the state, in addition to satisfactorily meeting all other requirements for licensure in that state. Students should contact the licensure body for that state to determine what specific additional educational requirements they will need to complete to practice in that state.

Suffolk has not made a determination whether or not its program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states:

  • Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado; Delaware; Florida; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Michigan; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Jersey; New Mexico, North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; and Wyoming

Students interested in obtaining a license to practice as a Mental Health Counselor in any of these states should contact the licensure body for that state to determine whether or not they need to complete any other educational requirements necessary to obtain a license to practice, in addition to satisfactorily meeting all other requirements for licensure in that state.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

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