Interested in Pursuing a Career in Counseling?

The Department of Psychology offers a 60-credit Master of Arts in counseling degree. Our counseling programs are designed to be completed in three years. However, you do have the option of completing the program on a part-time basis.

We offer several concentrations depending on your area of interest:

Mental Health Counseling
Forensic Mental Health Counseling
School Counseling
School Adjustment Counseling

  • Concentrations available in Mental Health, Forensic Mental Health, School and Adjustment Counseling

  • Evening courses on campus

  • Supporting our Schools Scholarship available for School & Adjustment Counseling concentrations

Why Westfield State?

All our graduate courses are offered on weekdays during the evening, making the program flexible and accommodating.

Admission Requirements

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Applicants with a firm foundation in psychology, education, or related field are highly preferred. [Note - an applicant with a degree in an unrelated field may enhance their application through the successful completion of undergraduate course(s) in Statistics, Child or Adolescent Development, Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Counseling, and/or Behavior Modification, as appropriate to the targeted degree program.]
  3. A 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA.
  4. Applicants must submit the Graduate Admissions application specifying either Mental Health Counseling, Forensic Mental Health Counseling School, Adjustment Counseling, OR School Counseling AND whether they would like to attend full-time or part-time.
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended indicating a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  6. Applicants must submit three letters of reference, including at least one academic reference.
  7. Applicants must submit a personal statement that describes (1) reason for interest in the field, (2) assessment of personal strengths and limitations, and (3) goals of graduate study.
  8. Applicants must submit a professional vitae or resume, including information on prior and/or current volunteer and /or employment positions.
  9. Applicants selected for interviews must attend a formal interview with members of the graduate admissions committee.
  10. Applicants applying to the School Counseling program or School Adjustment Counseling must submit passing scores in Communication and Literacy Skills portions of the Massachusetts Educators Certification Tests (MTEL).
  11. Applicants may transfer up to 6 graduate credits toward their degree program.
  12. In extraordinary circumstances, one or more of the above requirements may be waived by the graduate admissions committee.

Deadlines and Notice of Decision:

Our Master of Counseling program is available to begin in Fall semesters only. The application deadline is February 1st of each year. Students can expect a decision on or about April 15. Accepted students may be requested for an interview.

Due to the competitive nature of this program, we require a nonrefundable “competitive program deposit” of $150.00 within 10 days of acceptance. This deposit is used to ensure your space in the program. The deposit is applied to your first registration as a matriculated student in the Fall semester immediately following your acceptance. If we do not hear from you within 10 days, we will assume you have selected an alternative direction, and we will close your matriculation.

How much will it cost?

We offer affordable programs. Please visit our Tuition and Fees Page with up to date costs.

Students accepted into the School and Adjustment concentrations are eligible to apply to the Supporting our Schools Scholarship.

Program Timeline

  • Master of Counseling starts in Fall
  • Application deadline: February 1st
  • Decision notification: around April 15
  • Interview may be required for accepted students

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