What will I learn?

You’re fascinated by human behavior and think you want to study psychology as an undergraduate. A major in psychology provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers. If you already know you want to help people as a mental health counselor, Suffolk’s accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program can help you get there faster.

A graduate degree is necessary to work directly with patients. In our joint program, you’ll take two graduate-level courses in your senior year and then complete your combined undergraduate/graduate studies in six years

Your graduate coursework will build on your undergraduate studies and provide the academic and clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat clients with a variety of mental health issues. And, by starting your graduate degree early, you become familiar with the professors and curriculum sooner than most, easing the transition to graduate school.

This program is designed to provide an accelerated path for undergraduate Psychology majors at Suffolk to obtain a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. The program allows motivated Psychology majors to complete a graduate degree more quickly and at a reduced cost. Students benefit from the experience of a smooth transition from undergraduate to graduate study in a familiar environment; many will be able to continue research with faculty mentors.

Students admitted to this dual degree program must meet all the requirements of the undergraduate Psychology degree program.

Students must also meet all requirements for the Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
The two graduate courses taken during the senior year will count toward BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Credit hours will be awarded based on the graduate course description.
Before enrolling in a particular graduate course during the senior year, a student must obtain permission from the MHC graduate program director.
Students are subject to the usual standards for academic standing, i.e., undergraduate standards for undergraduate courses and graduate standards for graduate courses.

Upon successful completion of all of the degree requirements, a student will receive a dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. The exact degree (BA/BS and Master’s) will be awarded based on the specific undergraduate program the student completes. A student may permanently exit the dual degree program and opt to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree if all the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree have been met. In this case, the graduate courses taken in the senior year will be counted as 4-credit courses applied toward the undergraduate degree requirements.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
$41,242.00 (30,96,246) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2021

Start date

18 January 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

73 Tremont Street,



02108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have high school qualification.

For international students

Completion of a minimum of four psychology undergraduate courses at Suffolk

Completion of the standard Suffolk University graduate application.

Junior year (first semester) overall (transfer credits included) GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.3 or higher in the Psychology major.

English language requirements

TOEFL or IELTS score (TOEFL minimum is a 79, IELTS a 6.5)

PTE-Academic with a minimum score of 54

Application deadline for fall is February 15 and spring is December 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Suffolk University

Located in the heart of Boston, Suffolk offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 areas of study.

  • Main urban campus in bustling Boston area
  • Large international student community
  • Industry connections and internship opportunities
  • Outstanding graduate outcomes