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Mental Health, Family Therapy, and School Counseling Admissions

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Please use this page if you are applying to the on campus or online programs in Mental Health (MS), School Counseling (MEd), and Family Therapy (MS). Please submit your application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions at UMass Boston by January 2 (address indicated below):

All school psychology and PhD applicants must review their respective admission's pages before applying.   

The minimum requirements to apply are:

  1. A bachelor's degree.
  2. Two to three undergraduate social science courses, in psychology, sociology, anthropology etc.
  3. At least one year of human services experience (work, volunteer, internship and research experience). 
  4. A distinguished undergraduate transcript with at least a 3.0 GPA. If your GPA is less than 3.0, please feel free to discuss the reasons in your personal statement.

Please note: Students may apply even if they do not meet the aforementioned requirements, however, the chances of admissions is diminished.  We will count work, volunteer, research, and internship experience towards your one year human service requirement. Also, we do not have a minimum GRE score, nevertheless, if your Verbal or Writing GRE score is very low then it may be prudent to send us a sample of a graded research paper. 

For all Mental Health Counseling applicants:

  1. A completed application and fee. 
  2. A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required but we prefer to receive three letters of recommendation.  One letter should be from a person who knows your academic work. We strongly recommend getting letters from professors whenever possible but getting a letter from a supervisor is acceptable if you have been out of school for some time.    
  3. A statement of purpose detailing your professional experience, goals, and reasons for applying to the program. Please indicate your specific interests and discuss the kind of work you would like to do in no more than 700 words. Please complete our statement of purpose instructions instead of the one from the Office of Graduate Admissions.   
  4. Official undergraduate and graduate official transcripts from all the universities you attended. All transcripts must be official and sealed. 
  5. We require the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test from all applicants unless the applicant has a master’s degree in a closely related field (sociology, social work, psychology). We do not accept the MATs and the Psychology GRE test is not required. If you any concerns please email Dan Torres.
  6. Please include an updated résumé.
  7. Optional writing sample if your GRE writing score is low. 

For all School Counseling applicants: 

  1. A completed application and fee.
  2. Two letters of recommendation where at least one letter should be from a person who knows your academic work. We strongly recommend getting letters from professors whenever possible but we will accept a letter of recommendation from a supervisor if you have been out of a school for some time. 
  3. A statement of purpose detailing your goals, professional experience, and reasons for applying to the program. Your essay should consist of your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study in 300 words (part 1). Then, indicate your specific interests and discuss the kind of work you would like to do in your intended field in no more than 1200 words (part 2).       
  4. Official undergraduate and graduate official transcripts from all the universities you attended. All transcripts must be official and sealed. 
  5. We require the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test from all applicants. However, the School Counseling program may waive the GREs if you hold a master's degree before starting our program.
  6. All school counseling applicants who want licensure in the state of Massachusetts must complete the MTEL test (Communication & Literacy Skills---reading and writing) by the application deadline or any time before the end of their first year at UMass Boston. If you reside in another state, please confirm with your respective state's licensing board. 
  7. Please include an updated résumé. The school counseling professors will conduct on campus and online interviews with prospective students.
  8. Optional: writing sample if your GRE writing score is low. 

For all Family Therapy applicants:

The Family Therapy program is an accredited program and meets all licensing regulations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program meets licensing standards in many other states as well but it is the responsibility of the student to check the regulations of any other state.

Students may now complete the program in two years to meet the needs of many of our students to enter the work force as quickly as possible.  The program also can be completed in three years as was previously designed for those who have other responsibilities that make the pace of completing the program in two years unmanageable.

  1. A completed application and fee.
  2. Two letters of recommendation where at least one letter should be from a person who knows your academic work. We strongly recommend getting letters from professors whenever possible but we will accept a letter from a supervisor if you have been out of school for some time.    
  3. A statement of purpose detailing your goals, professional experience, and reasons for applying to the program. Your essay should consist of your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study in 300 words (part 1). Then, indicate your specific interests and discuss the kind of work you would like to do in your intended field in no more than 1200 words (part 2).       
  4. Official undergraduate and graduate official transcripts from all the universities you attended. All transcripts must be official and sealed. 
  5. We require the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test from all applicants. However, the Family Therapy program may waive the GREs if you have a master's degree before starting our program.
  6. Please include an updated résumé.
  7. Optional writing sample if your GRE writing score is low.  

For all online applicants only: If you are applying to the online version of the program, please be aware that your start term should be summer (e.g. summer 2016). If you put start term fall (e.g. fall 2016), you will be taking summer courses as a non-degree student which means you will not be eligible for financial aid until the fall semester. The start term and program cannot be changed once the application has been submitted. Thank you.

All application materials must be sent to UMass Boston's Office of Graduate Admissions at:

The Office of Graduate Admissions at UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA. 02125-3393