Mental Health Counselors are highly trained healthcare professionals whose focus is to treat individuals with a variety of emotional, social and behavioral needs.

The Regis College Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program will provide you with the skills you need to become an effective practitioner, prepared to meet the increasing demand for qualified mental health counselors to serve in hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers and private companies.

The Regis Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program adheres to the scientist-practitioner-advocate training model (Fassinger and O'Brien, 2000) in preparing you for employment in academic, research and/or service delivery settings.

Our field placements are developmentally matched to individual students' strengths, growth areas, and clinical interests. All field placements are paired with clinical seminars in which students receive additional supervision and support for their growth as counselors-in-training.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Licensure Track

The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals has established the minimum requirements for coursework and fieldwork needed for a student to earn a graduate degree and be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). The minimum requirements are:

  • Provide 60 credit hours of graduate-level instruction, 18 hours of elective coursework and 42 hours in the following content areas (per 262 C.M.R. 205(2)(d)).
  • Prepare to sit for the exam for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Our program can satisfy the educational and pre-master’s fieldwork requirements for all states except Delaware, Illinois and Utah. Some states require specific electives and additional field hours. Consult your state license board for the most up-to-date requirements.

Non-Licensure Options

For those who do not plan to pursue or need licensure but want to work toward management positions or to engage in applied research, the university's non-licensure options provide a path for educational and career advancement.

Mental Health Research

  • Prepare yourself for academic and research settings by learning how to access, critically evaluate and utilize available research and theory to inform applied research.

Mental Health Leadership

  • Learn the clinical aspects of mental health as well as the supervisory and programmatic aspects, preparing you for executive leadership roles.


The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program offers flexible on-campus and hybrid learning formats and hands-on field experiences to meet the needs of both working professionals and those engaging in graduate education full-time. The curriculum provides rigorous scholarship both inside the classroom and in practicum settings, focused on critical theories, research and applications of counseling with an emphasis on the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of practice.

Experience the Regis Difference

You are able to take two graduate courses before applying or being accepted into the Regis College program. We want you to experience what makes our program standout among the rest before you commit full time. Check to see if your employer or undergraduate institution has a partnership agreement with Regis, for discounted tuition or to transfer our graduate credits back to meet your undergraduate requirements.

Please contact the graduate admission office at 781.768.7330 or for more information. Note that completion of courses as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Why Choose Regis for Counseling Psychology?

  • Gaining Experience

    Regis College's graduate counseling programs include practicum and internship placements that are developmentally appropriate and matched to the individual student’s readiness and clinical interests.

  • First-Year Practicum Training Opportunities

    Regis’ Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology graduate students can apply to a wide variety of mental health delivery sites with whom we have training partnerships. These settings provide observational and mentored participation in interventions with those receiving a wide range of services, designed at a pace for student’s professional development as counselors-in-training.

  • Second-Year Internship Opportunities

    Our students enter their second-year field experience with the theoretical and practical tools to provide therapeutic services under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals at our training partnership sites. As your interests and skills advance, we will connect you with sites where you have more hands-on clinical experiences. These internships often act as a year-long match exploration for future employment.

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