Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology is designed to develop highly qualified healthcare professionals and leaders in the field of counseling psychology. Through a program of study focused on critical theories, research and applications of psychology with an emphasis on the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of practice, as well as hands-on field experience in various healthcare settings, students develop the skills needed to meet the increasing demand for counseling psychology services in hospitals, schools, universities, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, and private companies.

Students will learn how to access, understand, critically evaluate, and utilize available research and theory to shape their work in a variety of human service milieus and/or in pursuing doctoral level education. The coursework and fieldwork of the Counseling Psychology Program at Regis adheres to the scientist-practitioner-advocate training model (Fassinger & O’Brien, 2000) in preparing graduates for employment in academic, research, and/or service delivery settings.

Program Tracks

Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology, Licensure Track (60-credits):

The 60-credit program meets the eligibility requirements to qualify students to sit for the exam for licensure as a mental health counselor. Upon successful completion of this exam, students will earn the designation of Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

  • The Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals has established the minimum requirements relating to coursework and fieldwork commitments for a student to earn a graduate degree that is eligible for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC):
  • The applicant must complete 60 credit hours of graduate level instruction, 18 hours of elective course work and 42 hours in the following content areas (per 262 C.M.R. 2.05(2)(d) specified here.

Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology, Academic Track (48-credits):

The 48-credit program is intended for students who do not plan to pursue mental health licensure and/or who plan to enter doctoral study after completion of the Master's degree.

  • The applicant must complete 48 credit hours of graduate instruction, 15 hours of elective coursework and 33 hours from the following content areas specified here.



The curriculum for the Counseling Psychology Program at Regis provides rigorous scholarship both inside the college classroom and outside in applied field settings.

Come to Class Visits

Come to Class Visits are a wonderful opportunity to experience a graduate class here at Regis. To RSVP for any of our class visits, please call 781.768.7330 or email and reference the particular class and date you intend to visit.



On the Spot Admission

Every Wednesday, 3-4pm – Receive an admission decision "on the spot" during 30 minute appointments. Submit online at least 2 working days prior to your appointment: online application, 2 letters of recommendation, 500 word personal statement, resume. Bring to appointment: official transcripts.  Application fee waiver provided at time of confirmation of appointment. Please call 781.768.7330 or email to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming Course Schedule

Fall 2016


Admission Requirements

Applicants must (1) have obtained a related (psychology, sociology, social work) baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or have obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and a B- or better in all prerequisite courses listed below* (2) have achieved a minimum GPA 3.0, (3) submit MAT or GRE scores which demonstrate an ability to succeed in this program (Applicants may have this requirement waived by attaining a grade of B or higher in two graduate counseling psychology courses as a non-matriculated student at Regis), (4) provide a personal statement of intent with resume, (5) submit two letters of recommendation from professors and/or supervisors and (6) have an individual interview with the Program Director. Additional documents may be required.

Completion of the following prerequisite courses* of study as part of, or in addition to, an undergraduate degree. Coursework must be from an accredited university:

Class Credits
Introduction to Psychology 3
Human Development 3
Abnormal Psychology 3


Online Information Session

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, 12 noon – Counseling Psychology Online Information Session – Join us online to learn more about the Counseling Psychology program here at Regis. Please RSVP to 781.768.7188 or Limited to 25 spots.

Graduate Programs Information Session

Join us for an upcoming Graduate Information Session, RSVP Today!

  • Tuesday, August 23rd, 6:00pm
  • Saturday, October 1st, 9:30am
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 10th, 6:00pm
  • Thursday, March 10th, 6:00pm
  • Saturday, April 22nd, 9:30am


Contact Information


Graduate Program Director

Shelby Ortega, PhD

Additional Information

Regis College Master's Programs