About This Program

Admissions Contact

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences

Program Contacts

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

Gayl Crump-Swaby
(617) 242-3361 ext. 230

Learn more about the Department of Counseling

Curriculum and Delivery

  • 60-credit program
  • Courses offered
    • On campus in Springfield, Mass.
    • Weekend and online classes in Boston, Mass.
  • Course requirements

Start Dates and Duration

  • Start in September (Fall semester)
  • Courses are offered full- or part-time
  • Complete in 18 months (full-time Boston)

Paying for Your Education

Career Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Counseling Department In-Person Info Session
Springfield, MA
Thursday, June 15, 5 p.m. ET


Clinical mental health counseling students having a discussion at a table

The 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.

How to Apply:

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

  5. Interview: This program requires an interview

  6. Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. 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

In addition to the above admissions requirements, all international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required 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 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.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

  • Application Deadline: February 15

  • Supporting Materials Deadline: March 15

International Students:

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: May 1

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