What will I learn?

The MPA/MSMHC dual degree links the discipline of public management with the practice and delivery of mental health services via private, public, and nonprofit organizations. The dual degree prepares you for leadership roles in mental health, human service, and community service organizations across all sectors. The program is for public and private sector human service workers who wish to strengthen their direct service skills and succeed in a leadership role in a human service organization. As a graduate, you’ll also gain the qualifications to seek licensure.

MPA-MSMHC Requirements: 28 courses, 90 credits

Upon completion of all MPA and MSMHC requirements, students receive two degrees. The Mental Health Counseling degree requirements must be completed during the first two years of full-time program matriculation, beginning in the fall semester.

This 28-course program consists of:

  • Eight (8) required MPA courses (24 credits)
  • Two (2) MPA electives (6 credits)
  • Fourteen (14) required Counseling courses (48 credits)
  • Four (4) Counseling electives (12 credits)

MSMHC Practicum and Internship

It is during the Counseling Skills Laboratory and the Counseling Practicum that a student demonstrates the ability to translate training into professional judgments and techniques. Students are required to apply formally for the Counseling Internship and to consult with their faculty advisors regarding their field placements. The Counseling Skills Laboratory and the Practicum must be completed with a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher. After two (2) failed attempts to satisfactorily complete the clinical practicum and/or internship, students will be subject to dismissal from the program at the discretion of faculty. Student engagement in unethical behavior as defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA) will be subject to discipline, including potential dismissal from the program, at the time the indiscretion occurs.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (90 credits)

Tuition fees
USD $1,172 per credit

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

Start date

3 September 2020


College of Arts and Sciences

73 Tremont Street,



02108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or an equivalent degree granted by an institution in another country (as determined by the Office of Graduate Admission).

For international students

Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

English language requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum TOEFL score of 80 in the iBT scoring system (with no sub score lower than 17) or 550 on the paper-based is required to be considered for full admission.

International English Language Testing System test (IELTS): A minimum score of 6.5 (with no sub score below 6.0) is required to be considered for full admission

PTE-Academic (Pearson Test of English): A minimum score of 65 is required to be considered for full admission.

Application Deadlines: February 1 (Round 1) with all materials in by February 10. April 1 (Round 2) with all materials in by April 10, then rolling on a space-available basis.

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About this uni

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