School Counseling Program at University of Massachusetts Boston


Can I apply after the deadline?

We will accept applications after the deadline on a space-available basis.  Contact Dan to see if space is available.

Can I do a phone or online interview?

While we recommend in-person interviews, we can accommodate your needs with other arrangements.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Students can complete the program in two years attending full-time (summer coursework may be necessary) but have the option to complete the degree part-time.  Students who attend part-time typically complete the degree in 3-4 years. Students have up to 6 years to complete the program.

Where can I find a course sequence sheet?

You can download the course sequence sheet here.  

Where can I learn more about the School Counseling program? 

You can read our School Counseling blog which we hope to update monthly.    

What time of the day are classes held?

Classes meet once per week during the fall, spring, and summer semesters and are held at 4pm and 7pm.

Why is your program 60 credits when others are less?

Our program prepares you for both initial and professional licensure as a school guidance counselor in Massachusetts.

How do I get licensed as a school counselor?

Our program prepares you to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure requirements for School Counseling (Guidance) at the K-8 or 5-12 level. You will be endorsed for licensure upon completion of the program.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program can be completed in 2 years with summer coursework and full-time study (fall,spring, summer).   Part-time study options are also available.

Can I get licensed or certified in another state as a school counselor?

Typically, your state’s Department of Education posts licensure or certification requirements online.  You can compare those requirements with our program requirements.  Because Massachusetts’ licensure requirements are quite stringent, our program may meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in your state. For more information about licensure in all fifty states, please visit here.  

What about accreditation?

Our university is regionally accredited through NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges).  The school counseling program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period September 2013  through September 2015, and is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to prepare students for licensure as a School Guidance Counselor at the K-8 and 5-12 levels.

Where can I learn more about school counseling?

Check out the website for the American School Counselor Association (ASCA): and the website for the Massachusetts School Counselor Association: .  These are helpful sites in finding out more about the profession.

How many courses do I have to take to complete the master’s degree program?

Students take a total of 18 courses (including 3 field-based courses: practicum and internship) for a total of 60 credits.

Is there are final culminating project required for the master’s degree?

Yes, students complete a capstone project, which is a culminating project of the master’s degree program.  The capstone is completed during the internship seminar.  It is a portfolio that highlights your experiences during the internship.  It also incorporates the course work you have completed throughout the program. 

How many practicum and internship hours do I complete?

The practicum is a total of 100 hours and the internship is a total of 600 hours (300 hours/semester). 

What is the difference between the practicum and internship?

The practicum is an introduction to practice as a school counselor. During the internship, the student assumes greater responsibility for a full range of school counselor activities.

Can I take a class or two to see what the program is like?

It is possible to take courses as a non-degree student as long as there is space available in the course and you have met the pre-requisites.  Students can transfer up to 6 graduate credits (2 courses) taken at UMass Boston into the program as long as a grade of B or better is earned and you are accepted into the program. Typically, non-degree registration is held just before the semester begins.  You can contact Kevin Ziomek ( to find out when non-degree registration for the upcoming semester will be held.

How much does it cost to attend?

You can get information about tuition and fees at the Bursar's Office home page.

What opportunities for funding exist?

Student may be eligible for a federal loan in the amount of $20,500 per year ($10,250 per semester). We do not offer scholarships or graduate assistantship (GAs). However, other departments at UMass Boston may have GA positions available.  The Institute of Community Inclusion often hires our students. Please contact them directly to apply.    

Where can I complete field placements?

The practicum is completed in a charter or public school in the city of Boston.  Internship can be completed in many schools in Massachusetts.  Students this year are in internship sites ranging from Taunton to Worcester, in addition to many in Boston Public Schools and immediate suburbs.