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Interdisciplinary Studies - Counseling/Psychology (CAGS)

Degree Overview

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 guidance 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.

Requirements and Curriculum

Two-Year Course Rotation

The previous course prefix "PSY" has been changed to "COUN" to reflect the counseling nature of our program. All titles and course numbers have remained unchanged. When looking for courses offered Fall 2015 and beyond, search on "COUN" for all counseling courses.

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Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admission requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Graduate application and fee
  • Students seeking Initial Licensure must submit passing scores for the MTELs
  • Successful completion of all undergraduate prerequisites
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Statistics, Psychological Statistics, or Applied Statistics for Counselors


On-campus courses offered in the evenings and weekends with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

36 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2.5 years (minimum), you have 6 years to complete the program from time of taking your first CAGS graduate course or from date of admission.



Depending on the plan on study, students may apply for Massachusetts Health and Human Services licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC), or may be endorsed by the Fitchburg State University Dean of Education for Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) licensure as a school guidance counselor, or pursue professional development as part of their current licensure as a professional counselor.

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