The Master of Science in Mental Health program prepares its graduates to be professional practitioners in a variety of community settings and institutions: mental health agencies, hospitals, schools, career planning centers, employee assistance programs, clinics, residential treatment facilities, and rehabilitation treatment centers. It is a 60-credit master's which meets the academic requirements for licensure in the state of Massachusetts as a Mental Health Counselor (there are additional post graduate clinical experience requirements for licensure). For 3 additional credits there is the option of obtaining additional licensure as a School Adjustment Counselor.

The program operates on a cohort model whereby all participants complete the same program of study. Two weeks of on campus study is required during the first summer of the program to complete two required clinical courses. They are generally taught end of June/first week of July. The remaining coursework is online. The in person sessions are held at a site in Massachusetts and housing is available at a reasonable rate (Housing information will be provided by the program upon request).

Program Highlights:

  • First - Rate Faculty
  • Commitment to the Student Experience
  • Prepares students for the licensure through the MA Board of Allied Health Professions

Learn more about this program:
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Sample a Course


Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $575
Returned Check Fee per semester** $28
Total for course*** $1,725 (575 x 3 credits = 1725)

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The Master of Science in Mental Health Program prepares students to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) through the Board of Allied Mental Health through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts has earned several awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell's B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated in 2011
  • UMass Ranked Among Top 10 Best Colleges in Online Education in Communication & Public Relations Degrees, 2011 by The Best Colleges
  • UMass ranks 19th highest-rated university in the world by the Times of London.
  • UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London's Top 200
  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President's Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C 2010 Awards
  • University of Massachusetts Ranked Among Top 28 Best Value in Online Education for Human Services & Psychology Professionals, 2009 by Get Educated
  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- September 2009 (Online Degree Reviews.com)
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 'Excellence in Online Teaching' Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors (2005, 2006, 2007 Princeton Review: Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education

The Counseling program will recommend admission for applicants who present evidence of their ability to complete a graduate course of studies with distinctions. Such evidence will normally include: 1) a Bachelor's degree from institutions of recognized standing, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, 2) 2-3 prerequisite social science courses, 3) at least one year of paid or volunteer work in a mental health or equivalent setting is recommended, and an applicant who holds a graduate degree and received only pass-fail grades in graduate study, must provide test scores.

Admission is competitive - Apply early! Here's how…

  • A completed Graduate Application form (pdf).
  • An official transcript from each institution attended (both graduate and undergraduate).
  • Undergraduate transcript with at least a 3.0 cumulative average.
  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to U.S. bachelor's degree (a 3-year bachelor's degree plus a two-year master's is also accepted).
  • 2-3 prerequisite undergraduate social science courses.
  • International students must submit scores for the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Two strong letters of recommendation indicating the applicant's ability to work well with others.
  • A statement of purpose detailing your goals, professional experience, and reasons for applying to the program. Your essay should consist of your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study in 300 words (part 1). Then, indicate your specific interests and discuss the kind of work you would like to do in your intended field in no more than 1200 words (part 2).
  • At least one year of paid or volunteer work in a mental health or equivalent setting is recommended.
  • For more details on admissions requirements, please refer to the instructions in the application.

This Program only admits for Summer


Jan. 2nd


Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at https://studentaid.gov. It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Boston school code number 002222.
  2. For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at finaid@umb.edu


For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at finaid@umb.edu.