UMass Boston


UMass Boston's Department of Counseling and School Psychology offers three programs at the master’s and/or specialist’s level (mental health, school counseling, and school psychology) and a PhD with a concentration in counseling or school psychology.

Mental Health MS

Our  60-credit hour MPCAC-accredited program  meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as in many other states. Our students intern in diverse settings and leave with substantial skills and knowledge around mental health, counseling, and advocacy, ready for counseling positions that will prepare them to obtain licensure. 

Counseling MEd/CAGS

Our 60-credit hour MPCAC-accredited program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a school counselor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Emphasis is on training school counselors to work in urban settings with diverse populations, seeing the whole child in intersecting contexts of school, family, and culture.

School Psychology MEd/EdS

Our specialist level program is fully accredited by both the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The primary goal of this program is to prepare practitioners to provide psychological and educational services to children, adolescents, and their families as part of a school-based multi-disciplinary team. School psychologists assume many responsibilities, including that of assessment specialist, consultant, counselor, administrator, researcher, educational programmer, trainer of school staff, agent for preventive mental health, and liaison to community organizations. Our students learn to support children and adolescents through strategies applied at systems levels as well as the individual level, while maintaining a commitment to a philosophy of social justice and inclusion. Successful graduates of our program become eligible for licensure or certification as school psychologists in Massachusetts and other states as well. 

School Psychology PhD

The UMass Boston School Psychology PhD program is designed to develop scientist-practitioners who deliver evidence-based, prevention, assessment, consultation and intervention services in school and community settings; prepare doctoral level school psychologists to apply advanced research skills exploring and evaluating educational and psychological issues, and conduct independent research; and promote culturally responsive graduates and leaders who understand contextual, policy, and social justice issues related to diversity and educational disparities at local and transnational level. The School Psychology PhD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and fully approved by the National Association for School Psychologists. 

Counseling Psychology PhD

Our APA-accredited program prepares scientist-practitioners to deliver strengths-based, developmentally-informed prevention, assessment, and intervention services; to apply advanced research skills to explore and evaluate social, educational and psychological issues; to advance higher education teaching instructors who apply best practices in learning methods to convey psychological content and practices; and to produce culturally-responsive advocates for policy and social justice issues using systems-level strategies for both local community and transnational  concerns.  

Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Populations Certificate

UMass Boston’s Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Populations Certificate focuses on providing students with the preparation to serve as effective practitioners who can assess, design, implement, and evaluate applied behavior analysis (ABA) programs. It’s for education professionals who want to hone their skills and add a certification to their résumé. Explore cutting-edge knowledge, concepts, and skills of basic ABA principles, ethical considerations, generalization strategies, and application to special populations and settings. Apply these skills to many areas — from neighborhoods and specialized schools to residential programs to serving children and adults with disabilities.  

Sport Leadership and Administration BA

UMass Boston's Sport Leadership and Administration Program is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective, transformative, and equity-minded leaders of social change through sport. Students engage in study of the phenomenon of sport from a variety of theoretical lenses based in the liberal arts (historical, anthropological, sociological, psychological/developmental, and economic). This program is designed to provide students with coursework in leadership and management. Students participate in experiential learning opportunities that help them both apply what they have learned through classwork and actualize their leadership potential.


Department of Counseling and School Psychology