84 Credits

The fields of mental health, human services, and crime and justice are becoming increasingly interdependent. Our dual-degree program seeks to bridge the existing gaps between these sectors to ensure you have a solid foundation in each area.

Your crime and justice courses will allow you to explore the causes, contexts, and policies that can lead to or exacerbate mental illness. In your counseling courses, you'll learn to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and groups with various mental health issues.

This dual-degree program will help you quality for Massachusetts licensure. You’ll complete the mental health curriculum full-time, and may pursue the crime and justice studies curriculum full- or part-time.

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MSCJS/MSMHC Program Overview


Core MSCJS Requirements 9 Credits (3 Courses)
MSCJS Electives 15 Credits (5 Courses)
Core MSMHC Requirements 15 Credits (5 Courses)
Counseling Requirements 30 Credits (8 Courses)
Special Treatment Issue Requirement
3 Credits (1 Course)
MSMHC Electives
12 Credits (4 Courses)
Total 84 Credits (26 Courses)

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Applying to Suffolk's MSCJS/MSMHC Program

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.

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Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 Application Fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement (essay)
  • Two letters of recommendation (learn more)
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)

Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk

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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.

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