Please note: The School Counseling program is no longer accepting applications.

Our Program

Help shape the academic, personal, and career lives of young people Suffolk University’s graduate program will provide you with the core counseling skills and the theoretical and practical knowledge to become a skilled and compassionate school guidance counselor. We are the only program in Massachusetts to focus exclusively on the middle- and high-school grades, ensuring you get the in-depth knowledge to support these exciting and challenging years.

  • Master of Science in School Counseling (MS)

    Gain the knowledge and skills to become a school guidance counselor in grades 5-12 in Massachusetts.

  • Certificate in College Admission Counseling

    Learn to help students and their families, including traditionally underrepresented groups, prepare for and choose a college. This post-master’s program may be taken as a stand-alone certificate or in combination with the Master of Education.

  • Master of Science in School Counseling/Certificate in Admission Counseling

    Students who choose to complete the Master of Education and the Certificate in College Admission Counseling together will save two courses (six credits).

  • Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in School Counseling

    Designed for individuals who:

    1. already hold a master’s degree in School Counseling and wish to pursue professional licensure, or
    2. have a master’s degree in another counseling area and wish to re-specialize in school counseling


You will complete a 450-hour supervised practicum working directly with students in schools. Our program spreads the practicum across two semesters, so that you’ll gain exposure to and experience with the issues that students face throughout the academic year.


The master’s program prepares students for initial licensure as a school guidance counselor in grades 5-12 in Massachusetts. Licensure in other states is possible; interested students are strongly encouraged to contact the program director. Suffolk’s master’s program satisfies the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's requirements for initial licensure (a passing score on the MTEL is also required).