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Counseling Programs

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Master of Science concentrations

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)

Master of Science

Master of Science in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Become qualified for individual, family, child and group mental health counseling

The clinical mental health counseling concentration involves the application of the principles of psychotherapy, human development, learning theory, group dynamics, psychopathology, and intervention/treatment planning. This master’s level program prepares professionals for counseling positions in a wide variety of settings such as community mental health centers and residential treatment facilities. The applications are relevant to individuals, couples, children, families and groups for the purposes of treating psychopathology and promoting optimal mental health. Students take required courses emphasizing core skills.

Our graduate counseling programs, concentrating in either Clinical Mental Health Counseling (two-year program (PDF)) or School Counseling (two-year program (PDF)), are offered in a standard 3-year sequence or in an accelerated sequence. The accelerated plan of study allows students who start in the summer semester to complete the entire 60 credit program, including the year-long internship/practicum, in a little over two years. In the accelerated program, students take 4 courses per term on average, which are primarily offered in the evenings, with some online and hybrid courses. The program can also be completed part-time, with fewer classes per term which is ideal for students in full-time employment. In summary, the programs consist of:

  • 48 credits of coursework completed over 1.5 - 5 years, plus

  • One year to complete a 600 hour, 12 credit, mandated internship. Internship hours begin in the fall semester and end at the conclusion of the university’s spring semester in May (approximately 42 weeks)

Program graduates have the opportunity to apply for licensure in mental health counseling (LMHC).

Master of Science in Counseling - School Counseling PreK-8 and/or 5-12 (Initial Licensure)

Are you interested in becoming a school guidance counselor?

Our CAEP/NCATE accredited school counselor program prepares graduates with the credentials to apply for initial licensure as an elementary school (PreK-8) and/or secondary school (5-12) guidance counselor.

School Guidance Counselor coursework trains students to:

  • Create comprehensive and developmental school guidance counseling programs
  • Provide services that support all students with their academic, personal/social, and career development
  • Learn diagnosis and consultation skills to prepare them to be integral members of school teams that promote academic achievement, strive to close achievement gaps, and help their students to graduate career and college ready

Our graduate counseling programs, concentrating in either Clinical Mental Health Counseling (two-year program (PDF)) or School Counseling (two-year program (PDF)), are offered in a standard 3-year sequence or in an accelerated sequence. The accelerated plan of study allows students who start in the summer semester to complete the entire 60 credit program, including the year-long internship/practicum, in a little over two years. In the accelerated program, students take 4 courses per term on average, which are primarily offered in the evenings, with some online and hybrid courses. The program can also be completed part-time, with fewer classes per term which is ideal for students in full-time employment. In summary, the programs consist of:

  • 48 credits of coursework completed over 1.5 - 5 years, plus

  • One year to complete a 600 hour, 12 credit, mandated internship. Internship hours begin in the fall semester and end at the conclusion of the university’s spring semester in May (approximately 42 weeks)

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

CAGS in Interdisciplinary Studies - Counseling/Psychology

The CAGS program in Interdisciplinary Studies – Counseling/Psychology is designed for students who have earned a Master’s degree in a related field who wish to continue their education in the fields of counseling and psychology. Students may take courses in the field of mental health or school counseling. The CAGS consists of an integrated core curriculum, supervised professional practice, and a capstone experience of either an internship or a thesis. Students work with an advisor from the graduate counseling program to develop a plan a study and must submit an approved plan of study upon acceptance into the program.

Student Testimonials

I have learned so much in the MS Counseling program at Fitchburg State University. All of my professors have been beyond helpful, understanding, and approachable. I feel confident in heading out in the field in May, and that is all due to my experience at Fitchburg State.
–Matthew Creen
Fitchburg State University delivered a vigorous graduate counseling program. It included the theoretical and practical application of current curriculum practices, as well as future trends in the growing field of school guidance counseling. Dynamic professors ensured that every competency required for school counselor licensure was mastered. I am grateful to the University instructors, field site supervising practitioners and my peers for providing me with a solid foundation on which to build and sustain an effective school counselor practice, one rooted in 'care, knowledge, ethics, skill and reflective leadership.'
–Joan Glasheen D'Onofrio

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