Fall 2020 Schedule Update

We appreciate your patience as we adapt to the highly fluid circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic - and we’re pleased to now be able to confirm the answers to your questions. Students have asked how classes will be affected in terms of format (online or on-campus) and starting dates. You’ll find the answers here:

The master of arts in counseling (MAC) is a 60-credit degree; designed to develop highly-qualified healthcare professionals and leaders in the field of clinical mental health counseling (LMHC/LPC licensure preparation) and addictions counseling (LMHC/LPC and LADC-I preparation). 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 degree meets 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 U.S. states.

Upon successful completion of this 60-credit 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. We have applied for designation as an Addictions Education Program with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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 GCP Program Director about your future licensure goals.

* 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, including coursework 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)

Curriculum

The MA in 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 focused on critical theories, research and applications of counseling, with an emphasis on the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of mental health treatment.

Experience the Regis Difference

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 graduatedepartment@regsicollege.edu for more information. Note that completion of courses as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Why Choose the Regis MA in Counseling Program?

  • Gaining Experience

    Regis College's MA in counseling programs provide you with courses that 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 degree 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 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.

  • 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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