Interdisciplinary Studies - Counseling/Psychology, CAGS

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)
Hybrid - Online + On Campus
Behavioral Sciences
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In Short

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.

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What will I do?
  • 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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Degree Overview

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.

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Degrees and Other Information

Tuition and Fees

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

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