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The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology-Licensure Track program is offered on a part-time basis; all courses are offered in the evenings and the program can be completed in three years. The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology-Licensure Track degree combines theoretical aspects with practical counseling skills to prepare the student to work effectively as a counselor in the mental health field. Foundational courses provide a strong foundation in psychology with emphasis on current theories, research, and applications of a variety of counseling approaches. Additionally, courses are designed to integrate theory with practice. A culminating internship experience must be arranged at a site affiliated with or approved by the Department of Psychology. The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology-Licensure Track consists of fifteen (15) courses and fulfills all academic and internship requirements established to prepare students to qualify as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) by the State of Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professions.

Professional Growth and Suitability Evaluation
Due to the sensitive nature of the duties and responsibilities a mental health counselor must perform, applicants are also periodically screened and evaluated for their professional suitability and growth. The University and the faculty associated with the Counseling Psychology Program assume responsibility for ensuring that graduates of the program possess both the academic knowledge and the personal attributes required of all persons who aspire to be licensed professional counselors.

Therefore, students will be evaluated on suitability for continuation in the program throughout their program of study. At the conclusion of each course, the instructor will evaluate students on both academic competence and professional suitability. These evaluations may be used for one of the following:

  1. Admission criteria for the Counseling Psychology Program.
  2. Continuation of matriculated status in the Program.

Students will be evaluated in content courses and application courses (i.e. practicum and internship experiences). At any time, any matriculated student who is judged to be in question for continuation in the program will be apprised of the specific deficiencies noted by the Professional Review Committee and may be allowed to continue in the program on a probationary basis. A second continuation evaluation will be conducted. If the student is still deemed to be deficient, the student will be disallowed from continuation in the Counseling Psychology Program. Students who complete the initial two-year sequence of courses but are terminated from the licensure program may apply to the non-licensure track.

In addition to the M.A. in Counseling Psychology-Licensure Track, the department also offers the MA in Counseling Psychology-Non-licensure Track that does not lead to licensure as a LMHC. This degree is intended for those students who are seeking an academic master's degree or a second master's degree as prescribed by the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) Licensing Board.

Some of our recent graduates are currently working at the following locations:

  • Pembroke Hospital
  • Dean College
  • Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)
  • South Bay Mental Health
  • Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU Inc.)
  • Health Education Services (HES)

Coordinator: Dr. Deborah McMakin, Psychology
Advisors: Dr. Robert Donohue, Psychology and Dr. T. Bridgett Galvin, Psychology
Prospective Student Advisor: Dr. Robert Donohue, Psychology


  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.

Framingham State University

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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220