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Interdisciplinary Studies - Counseling/Psychology (CAGS)

Already have a master's degree? Earn your Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in as little as two years. Learn more today.

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MAT and GRE exams are no longer required for admission into this program.

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 of study and must submit an approved plan of study upon acceptance into the program. Please note that students cannot pursue licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor through this program. The 2017 requirements set by the Board of Registration require licensure candidates to complete a 60-credit program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 

Requirements and Curriculum

Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

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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


Hybrid and on campus courses offered in the evenings.

Total Credits

36 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 3 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.



Students may be endorsed by the Fitchburg State University Dean of Education for Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) licensure as a school counselor, or pursue professional development as part of their current licensure as a professional counselor.

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