Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's in Mental Health Counseling

You’re fascinated by human behavior and think you want to study psychology as an undergraduate. A major in psychology provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers. If you already know you want to help people as a mental health counselor, Suffolk’s accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program can help you begin your masters level coursework faster.

A graduate degree is necessary to work directly with patients. In our joint program, you’ll take two graduate-level courses in your senior year, allowing you to complete your combined undergraduate/graduate studies in six years, saving tuition and waiving our GRE requirement.

Your graduate coursework will build on your undergraduate studies and provide the academic and clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat clients with a variety of mental health issues. By starting your graduate degree early, you'll become familiar with the professors and curriculum sooner than most, easing your transition to graduate school.

Admission & Degree Requirements

This program is designed to provide an accelerated path for undergraduate psychology majors at Suffolk to obtain a master’s degree in mental health counseling. Students benefit from the experience of a smooth transition from undergraduate to graduate study in a familiar environment; many will be able to continue research with faculty mentors.

Requirements to Apply

Applicants of the program are required to:

  • Have a junior year (first semester) overall (transfer credits included) GPA of 3.5 or higher overall and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the Psychology major
  • Complete of a minimum of four psychology undergraduate courses at Suffolk

Students who transfer to Suffolk in their junior year are eligible to apply, if all other criteria are met. Junior transfer students that do not meet all criteria are encouraged to consult with the MHC Program Director for advising.

Applying to the Program

To apply for this program, applicants must:

  1. Request a nomination form be completed by a member of the full-time psychology department faculty
    Applicants should provide their full name, university email, and university ID number to the faculty member submitting their nomination form. Faculty can request the form by contacting the Psychology Department
  2. Complete the standard Suffolk University graduate application
    A faculty nomination form should be submitted prior to creating your application. Applicants for the accelerated degree will have the GRE requirement waived
  3. Receive approval of the MHC Graduate Admissions Committee

Learn more

Suffolk undergraduate psychology students interested in the Accelerated Bachelor’s / Master’s Mental Health Counseling program are encouraged to review this video for additional information.

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Courses & Requirements

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