Online SC FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditation does the university and program have?
The University of Massachusetts Boston is regionally accredited through NEASC (New England Association for Schools and Colleges). Nevertheless, the online school counseling program is not accredited, but it meets the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary requirements for licensure as a school counselor.
How many credits are required to complete the master’s degree?
How much does each course cost?
Check our credit course fee page
Are there any additional costs?
Every online student pays a one-time "travel fee" that helps the department maintain a fund that enables internship and department faculty to travel to internship sites if necessary. This fee is assessed during the internship year. Most internship sites do not require a visit; but if they do, our fund will sponsor the professor’s travel.
Is there an on campus requirement?
Yes, students must attend a two-week session during the first summer, during which time they complete two courses. The sessions are held at UMass Dartmouth. Housing is available at a reasonable rate. For Summer 2013, the two-week session will be held the last week of June and the first week of July.
Will the program lead to certification/licensure?
Our program is designed to fulfill the academic requirements for certification in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a School Counselor. Students living outside of Massachusetts should check their state’s certification/licensure requirements.
How many courses will be offered online?
Except for the two courses taken in the first summer semester, all other courses are offered online.
Can I complete my practicum and internship close to my residence, even out of state?
Yes, students are able to complete the practicum and internship close to their residence as long as you obtain an approved site supervisor (i.e., a state licensed professional school counselor).
What is the format for the courses? Are they offered as correspondence courses?
No, faculty requires regular contact through weekly verbal chat sessions which are generally offered in the evenings (Eastern Standard Time).
What are the computer requirements and internet connection requirements for participation?
The College of Advancing and Professional Studies website describes computer and Internet connection requirements.
Will my degree show I have taken these courses online?
Transcripts will reflect that you have completed coursework in counseling, but no indication of the instructional format will be indicated.
How will I get to know my colleagues, other students?
The intensive two-week session in the first summer is designed to foster communication and feelings of connectedness to other students. Also, the program is conducted as a cohort so students will know each other well.
Can I receive financial aid in this program?
Yes, financial aid may be available to students. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office
For questions about admissions, please email: Dan Torres at email@example.com indicating your interest in "School Counseling" in the subject line.