About This Program

Admissions Contact

Alie Baranauskas
Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator for the School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences
abaranauskas@springfieldcollege.edu
(413) 748-3060

Program Contacts

Springfield - On-ground Course Delivery
Michael Accordino
Graduate Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Counseling Department
(413) 748-3258
maccordi@springfield.edu

Boston - Hybrid Course Delivery
Gayl Crump-Swaby
(617) 242-3361 ext. 230
gcrump-swaby@springfield.edu

Upcoming Events

In-Person Open House - Boston Campus
Sunday, February 26, 12-1:30 p.m.
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In-Person Information Session - Springfield Campus
Monday, February 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
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Spring Graduate Fair
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | 5 - 7 p.m.
Graduate Fair Registration

In-Person Information Session - Springfield Campus
Tuesday, March 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
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The MS/MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Springfield College provides students with a solid foundation of counseling theory and skills. With a strong focus on practice, students are offered opportunities for internships and practicums, along with classes taught by clinically experienced faculty, to prepare them to become licensed mental health counselors.

Our program offers full courses in psychopharmacology; assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning; and crisis intervention. Our students graduate grounded in the theoretical bases of behavior—from the biological and psychological to cognitive and social perspectives—which positions students to pursue and fully achieve their professional career goals. Students develop self-awareness, empathic and empowering attitudes, and an understanding of a broad range of counseling principles and skills to bridge theory and effective practice.

Students best fit for this program are those who possess a passion for learning, a capacity for self-inquiry, an ability to relate to others effectively, and a desire to make a difference.

Our clinical mental health courses are designed to meet the standards required for you to apply for licensure in your state. This program does not automatically confer status as a licensed mental health counselor. It is the responsibility of the student to keep current with all state requirements to become a licensed mental health counselor, including post-graduate supervised experience, and to pass the state licensing examination for your state.

Our clinical mental health counseling program offers the opportunity for students to access their courses in a variety of ways; we call this hybrid delivery which may be a combination of face-to-face, synchronous, and asynchronous virtual or online coursework. The program delivery in Springfield, Mass. is fully presented through face-to-face delivery.

Admissions Requirements

This program enrolls students in the fall term only.

This program is available at our Springfield, Mass. and Boston, Mass. campuses.

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

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. 

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

Interview

This program requires an interview.

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

 

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

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

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The staff in the Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing intladmissions@springfieldcollege.edu.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload their letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

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

Core Requirements (30 credits)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Requirements

Electives (to complete a minimum total of 60 credits)

Students complete additional coursework to meet various state license eligibility requirements, optional certificates and areas of interest/specialty.  These are chosen in consultation with your program advisor. Some of these include:

  • COUN 639 Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • COUN 641 Human Sexuality
  • COUN 644 Counseling in Community Settings
  • COUN 635 Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling
  • COUN 660 Treatment Modalities
  • COUN 690 Intro to Play Therapy
  • COUN 691 Filial Therapy
  • COUN 682 Advanced Play Therapy
  • PSYC 630 Adventure Therapy
  • Approved courses from the Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling Concentrations

APPLY ONLINE

The priority application deadline for applying for the fall semester is February 15. All supporting materials are due March 15. Completed applications received after March 15, but before June 15, may be reviewed on a space-available basis.