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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 (their address is listed 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. At least five undergraduate social science courses, which includes 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. Three 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.   
  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.
  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. Three 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.   
  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 will 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: 

  1. A completed application and fee.
  2. Three 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.   
  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 will 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 starting 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


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