Designed for those who have earned a master’s degree in a related field who wish to continue their education in the fields of counseling and psychology.
- Take courses in the field of mental health or school guidance counseling
- Study an integrated core curriculum, supervised professional practice, and a capstone experience of either an internship or a thesis
- Work with an advisor from the graduate counseling program to develop a plan of study, and submit an approved plan upon acceptance into the program
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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.
Although you can complete this 36 credit 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.
Degrees and Other Information
- CAGS, Interdisciplinary Studies: Counseling/Psychology Concentration - Program information from the University Catalog.
- Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)
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
- Personal statement (maximum 300 words) that describes your goals and reasons for applying to this program and include information about your previous coursework, training and/or work experience related to the program
- Professional resume
- Graduate application and fee
- Students seeking Initial Licensure must submit passing scores for the MTELs
The learning outcomes for the Fitchburg State CAGS Interdisciplinary Studies Counseling/Psychology program are:
- demonstration of effective counseling skills
- engagement in professional behavior
- displaying caring for clients
- demonstration of effective oral and written communication skills