Counseling Psychology (MS)


Become a licensed mental health counselor

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern develops Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) with the latest training in contemporary professional practice powered by the foundations of Counseling Psychology.

The curriculum is inspired by an ecological approach, training students to look at humans in the framework of social and economic systems.

Research and clinical practice empower our students to understand urban, preventative, and community-based interventions so that they can effectively work with people of all backgrounds.

Coursework empowers students to choose a specific concentration to focus on throughout their studies, advancing their resumé beyond graduation. This puts our graduates ahead of the curve when applying for further graduate study and employment.

These concentrations take advantage of interdisciplinary training and perspectives in:

  • Child and adolescent counseling
  • Early intervention
  • No concentration
  • Research

Our program complies with all of the most updated licensing regulations for Mental Health Counselors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

While the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program prepares students to become highly skilled licensed mental health counselors, this degree can also prepare students for careers in other areas of counseling, such as:

  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Family therapy

Quick View

Degree type:
MS in Counseling Psychology

Study options:
– On ground (Boston Campus)

– Full-time or part-time

Application deadlines:
Jan 15

GRE: Not required

F1 Eligible: Yes

Counseling Psychology MS


Our program is unique in that we offer students a choice of specific concentrations within the general Master of Science program. The concentrations offer the opportunity for students to gain additional depth in selected areas.

We believe that having a concentration in training will make our graduates especially successful in admission to further graduate study and jobs after graduation.


The Practicum occurs in the second semester during the first year and is a cornerstone in preparation for a clinical internship placement during the second year. The purpose of the practicum is to orient first-year students to the mental health field, human services agencies, clients, and their interrelationships. The students will explore the roles, functions, organizational structure, and client’s needs to gain awareness and perspective of the field.


The second phase of clinical training, known as the Internship, occurs during the second year. Each student will spend a minimum of 20 hours a week at their placement site. The purpose of the internship is to enable the student to refine and enhance their counseling skills, develop more advanced clinical, relational and intervention skills, and integrate professional knowledge during their field placement.

For both the practicum and the internship students select their sites from a list of approved agencies and services, with support from faculty and their individual advisors.


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Sample Curriculum

Sample curriculum, subject to change.

The chart below describes a sequence of courses as taught in the recent past. This chart is not a planning document for what course will be taught in which semester (spring or fall) in the future. For that information, students should consult with their academic advisor or see the university course catalog.

Admissions Requirements

The program faculty reviews applicant credentials to assess the likelihood of successful completion of the program and the potential for contribution to the field of counseling psychology and the community at large.

To apply, applicants must also have the following:

An undergraduate major in psychology or its equivalent (6-8 courses with emphasis on the science of human behavior)

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (program average is 3.5)

Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

Personal statement of goals and expectations.
Evidence of some experience with and commitment to helping relationships. Professional goals and personal development in line with the program.

Personal interview with faculty

TOEFL or IELTS (International Students)

Official transcript from baccalaureate program and all college coursework

Got questions?

Please note that the contact individual for the program is not directly involved in admission decisions. If you have specific questions regarding faculty research interests, please feel free to contact the faculty member directly. 

Experiential Learning and Clinical Opportunities

Boston is one of the world’s foremost centers for health treatment and research, and we have excellent relationships with numerous hospitals, clinics, health centers, shelters, and community service agencies. Over the course of your two years of study, you may choose to return to the same placement site or gain a variety of experiences at different sites.

Advisors are assigned to each student as they enter the program. However, all faculty are available to the students and if interests come to be shared, a new advisor can be selected by any student. Your adviser will work with you to find an appropriate placement in a:

Frequently Asked Quesions

What is the admissions process?

Applicants should meet the application deadline of January 15 for fall semester entrance. Our faculty then read all the applications and selects those applicants who meet our requirements.

Those selected are then invited to come to Northeastern for an interview. (If distance or cost is prohibitive we will give a Zoom interview, but far prefer to meet the applicant.) This is usually held in March.

All applicants come to a designated building and room where we introduce the faculty and explain the program in detail. We also provide information about housing and financial aid and answer student questions. We provide lunch and university tours as well as opportunities to speak with current students. The day ends after individual interviews for each applicant.

What are class sizes like?

We seek to have an incoming class of about 30 students. Class sizes range from 8-10 for internship seminars to approximately 25-35 for didactic classes.

How much is tuition and is financial aid available?

Unfortunately in the 21st century, fully-funded graduate and professional education is no longer available for Masters Students in Counseling and Applied Psychology.

Instead much like law, dental, and medical graduate professional school, the student typically borrows tuition and fees through educational loans.

There are work-study positions available and very occasionally an assistantship might be found. The program tuition is roughly equivalent to more than a year of undergraduate tuition at a major private university.