Online MHC FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.) What is your fee and waiver policy? Please visit our fee and waiver policy page

2.) Can you mail me information about the program? The department decided to go “green” so it is no longer mailing information to prospective students.  For more information, please visit the Department’s website.    

3.) 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). As of 2013, the mental health program is accredited by the MPCAC (Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council).

4.) How many credits can I transfer to your program? To learn more please our transfer credit webpage.    

5.) How much does the program cost? Check our credit course fee page. You can review financial aid options.  When calculating your costs for the new curriculum, please understand that a 60 credit curriculum does not fit neatly into 2 semesters of 4 courses each semester, particularly when in the second year students are in their internships. That is why 2-3 courses are taken in the summer.  If a student is paying by the course this does not affect the overall cost. If a student is paying per semester, this will mean that the student should be prepared to pay for the 2-3 additional courses in the summer in between the two years and figure this into the overall cost 

6.) Do you offer rolling admissions? When is the application deadline? No, we do not offer rolling admissions. We admit once a year and the deadline is January 2nd.  You can complete an application here Please remember to indicate summer as the enrollment semester for the online program. In order to review your application, UMass Boston needs to receive official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions that you attended. Please mail all application materials directly to:

The Office of Graduate Admissions

100 Morrissey Blvd.

Boston, MA 02125-3393

7.) How long does it take to complete your program? Most full-time students complete our program in 2 years, if they take at least 9 credits per semester. It will depend if you enroll as a part-time or full-time student. Full-time is at least 9 credits. You may attend part-time, taking less than 9 credits per semester. However, you need to take at least 6 credits per semester to be eligible for federal financial aid.    

8.) Do you have a minimum GRE score? We do not have a minimum GRE score. The professors will consider many factors when reviewing your application. Nevertheless, do your best on the general GRE test.  You do NOT need to submit your GRE score if you have a master's degree in a closely related field from an accredited American university.

9.) Who do I contact if I have more questions about the online Mental Health Counseling program? You can email Dan Torres if you have questions about the application process. However, Professor Esmaeil Mahdavi can answer your more specific questions about the online Mental Health program.       

10.) Who do I contact if I want to enroll in a class at UMass Boston as a non-degree student? Please visit our non-matriculated page for more information. 

11.) If I don’t live in Massachusetts, will this degree give me licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the state I’m living in?  Applicants must check with their state licensing board and present our program to them to make sure that they are eligible for licensure in their respective state.  Our graduates have been largely successful in obtaining licensure; however, they may have to go through an administrative process to do so and they may need to take extra courses required in that state. To be 100% certain, we strongly recommend that you check with your local board as licensing requirements are subject to change.

12.) What is the cost of the two weeks at UMass Dartmouth? All students pay the cost of taking 6 credits, and the additional cost of staying at UMass Dartmouth. The total cost, including housing, breakfast and lunch, is approximately $1,150. You may waive the housing expense, approximately $900, leaving approximately $250 in mandatory fees. Besides the two courses at UMass Dartmouth, all online students take an online course throughout the summer, which usually starts at the end of May and ends in mid-August. The total cost for the summer semester at UMass Dartmouth is approximately $6,000 in 2017.        

13.) How many classes do I take during my first semester?  You complete two courses during the two weeks at UMass Dartmouth. Also in late May, Mental Health Counseling students take an online ethics course, which is their first online course. This online course lasts the entire summer, ending in mid-August and meets weekly online via Blackboard.           

14.) How many applications do you review each year? In the Spring of 2017, the MH faculty considered 141 applications for admission and admitted approximately 50%.  Of those we admitted, 42 students are matriculating in the Summer and Fall of 2017, approximately half into the online program and half into the state (in person) program. We are proud to keep the number in each cohort to about 20 students so that students get personal attention from the program and get to know each other well over the two years they are in the program.
Approximately 2/3 of our students choose to complete the program in 2 years with courses in the summer in between. Most of the other students choose to do their internship in a third year when they are no longer taking classes.