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Degree Requirements

The degree requires successful completion of 10 courses. Completion of this degree does NOT lead to licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. Students should consult with their advisor regarding an enrollment plan.

Core Requirements (8)
CPSY 901 Theories of Psychotherapy and Counseling
CPSY 911 Orientation to Counseling Practice
CPSY 921 Professional Issues in Counseling and Mental Health
CPSY 925 Adult Psychopathology
CPSY 945 Multicultural Counseling: Research, Theory & Practice
CPSY 964 Advanced Principles of Learning and Development
CPSY 990 Counseling Practicum I
CPSY 991 Counseling Practicum II

Elective Requirements
Two electives to be chosen from the following (2):
CPSY 910 Group Processes in Counseling
CPSY 919 Problems of Substance Abuse
CPSY 943 Family Counseling
CPSY 956 Understanding Social Science Research
CPSY 962 Theories and Methods of Psychological Testing

Note: Course substitutions may only be made with approval from the Program Coordinator and Advisor.

Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes
The Department of Psychology and Philosophy adopted relevant educational goals and learning outcomes for the Master of Arts with a Concentration in Counseling program (MCO) from the Competency Benchmarks for Professional Psychology.  The adopted benchmarks are congruent with recent curriculum and assessment changes made in accordance with Massachusetts licensure requirements.

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

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220