Master of Science, Master of Education, or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Learn more about the graduate clinical mental health counseling concentration.

Contact Information

  • Michael Accordino
    Graduate Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    Counseling Department
    (413) 748-3258


  • Rolling admissions
  • Master's degree: fall, spring, and summer entry
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS): fall, spring, and summer entry

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to graduate study in counseling master’s degree programs, the applicant must complete the following:

  • Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and all college transcripts
    • Undergraduate major in psychology, human services, rehabilitation, education, sociology or social work is preferred
    • Experiences in counseling through employment or volunteer work 
  • Students may seek admission to the counseling programs for fall, spring, or summer sessions.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework (2.5 may be considered with conditions)

Application Checklist

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Two letters of recommendation,
    • Please provide the recommendation form to the two people you have chosen to comment on your interest in graduate study at Springfield College, as well as your preparedness for it. These letters should speak to your academic ability and potential or prior experience in the field. Personal references will not count toward meeting the minimum letters required but will be added to your file as supplemental.   
  • Current resume highlighting the applicant’s education, work, and volunteer experiences
  • Personal statement
    • In two to three typed, double-spaced pages, one of the following questions must be answered. The desired specific concentration (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, General Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling) must be discussed in the statement.
      • What are your personal, professional, and learning goals, and how might the master’s degree program in counseling help you achieve these goals?
      • Describe an experience which has had a significant impact on you. In what ways has this experience influenced you and what you hope to gain from the master’s degree program?
      • What lesson have you learned from your life and work experiences? How do these lessons shape your goals for your chosen master’s degree program concentrations?
      • In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College.
    • Interview: Students who make it through initial screening will be interviewed by the program director or a faculty committee as part of the selection process.

International applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency by way of one of the following examinations:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

All application materials should be mailed to:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

If you choose to email your application documents, please note that transcripts and letters of recommendation will not be considered official unless they are emailed directly from the original source and not from the applicant. Please submit materials via email to

Apply today.

Learn more about the Department of Counseling