The Graduate Mental Health and Counseling (GMHC) Programs at Regis are deeply rooted in social justice values and seek to reflect the University’s mission in preparing counselors, researchers, and leaders whose contributions directly and positively impact the communities they serve.
All of our programs adhere to the scientist-practitioner-advocate training model (Fassinger and O'Brien, 2000) in preparing you for employment in direct mental health, research and a variety of allied health service delivery settings.
For students preparing for licensure, our field placements are developmentally matched to individual 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.
The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) 60-credit degree options are counselor education programs designed to develop highly-qualified healthcare professionals and leaders in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Addictions Counseling. Through a program of study focused on critical theories, research, and applications of counseling 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 services in hospitals, schools, universities, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, and private companies.
Each state's licensure granting body has established the minimum requirements relating to coursework and fieldwork commitments for a student to earn a graduate degree that is eligible for licensure. The MA in Counseling degrees meet the educational eligibility requirements to qualify students to sit for the exam for allied mental health professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts*, as well as in most US states.
In most cases, the applicant must complete 60 credit hours of graduate-level instruction in areas addressed in our curriculum. Upon successful completion of this degree program, a passing score on the national exam, and the required supervised pre-masters and post-masters training hours, students are eligible for independent licensure designations of Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Further, the Addictions Counseling degree option includes the recommended coursework to apply for the Licensed Addiction and Drug Counselor (LADC-I) exam for mental health addictions professionals, once fieldwork requirements are met.
* 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:
Licensure candidates must meet post-masters supervised hours as prescribed by each state. Our MA in Counseling can satisfy the educational and pre-master’s fieldwork requirements for LMHC/LPC in all states except DE, IL, or UT. Some states require specific electives and additional field hours. Consult your state license board for the most up-to-date requirements and speak to the GMHC Program Director about your future licensure goals.
For those who do not plan to pursue or need licensure but want to work in mental health administration positions or to engage in applied research, the university's non-licensure option provides a path for educational and career advancement
The Master of Arts in Mental Health Research and Leadership (MA-MHRL) 48-credit degree prepares those wishing to engage in applied research and serve in leadership roles within mental health systems. This degree option is also ideal for students wishing to move on to doctoral programs in psychology or mental health fields, without having a yearlong fieldwork requirement. Through a program of study focused on critical theories, research, and leadership with an emphasis on the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts, students will gain independent research and program review experience and develop the critical skills needed to meet the demand for leaders who can assess and address institutional and systemic needs.
The Transdisciplinary Addiction Professional Post-Graduate Certificate (TDAP-PGC) program is designed for graduate prepared healthcare professionals to expand their scope of practice in specialty trained advanced addictions clinical care. This following section provides an overview for mental health professionals who have completed a graduate program and wish to further their study in addictions.
The Graduate Mental Health and Counseling programs offer flexible on-campus, online, and hybrid learning formats, as well as 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 mental health treatment.
You are able to take two graduate courses before applying or being accepted into the Regis College program. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Note that completion of courses as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee acceptance to the program.
Whether your career aspirations lead you to licensure as a mental health counselor or to research and leadership, our Graduate Mental Health and Counseling Programs have options to meet your educational needs.
Regis College's Graduate Mental Health and Counseling Programs courses are dynamic and practical. You will engage in frequent clinical role play, case assessments and simulations, and practice supervision and consultation roles. Our MA in Counseling degrees include practicum and internship placements that are developmentally appropriate and matched to the individual student’s readiness and clinical interests.
Regis’ Master of Arts in Counseling 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. Students may opt for an additional semester of practicum to gain experience and explore working with different types of treatment populations.
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.