School Counseling Master’s Degree: Why Merrimack College?

Merrimack College’s school counseling master’s degree equips you for success, whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time or migrating to school counseling from another career. The program offers:

Superior professional development.

Approved for state licensure and aligned with national standards, our master’s degree in school counseling combines theoretical rigor with practical expertise that addresses current educational trends.

Robust, relevant field experience.

Our master’s in school counseling includes nearly 600 hours of intensive hands-on training in a setting that works best for you. Merrimack has an exceptionally diverse network of partner schools and community organizations, so we can locate a practicum assignment that closely fits your career interests and strengths.

Small classes, attentive faculty.

Merrimack’s intimate campus and supportive faculty set us apart from most graduate programs in school counseling. You’ll develop close relationships with high-profile practitioners and scholars who promote your success via personal mentorship, career guidance and research opportunities.

Holistic curriculum.

The classroom component of our school counseling master’s degree provides you with culturally competent expertise that prepares you to work with youth (aged kindergarten through high school) of diverse ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic profiles and academic capabilities. All classes take place in evening hours to accommodate your work schedule and/or practicum requirements.

Flexibility and convenience.

Merrimack’s school counseling master’s degree includes multiple formats to accommodate students of varying needs. You can complete the standard program in two years (or longer as a part-time student) and become eligible for state licensure upon graduation. Options for completing a 2+1 program with multiple licenses are also available. If you already hold a master’s degree in counseling or a related field, our license-only program helps you meet the state of Massachusetts’ school counseling or school social worker/adjustment counseling licensure requirements.

Fellowship awards.

Our competitive school counseling fellowships provide a substantial tuition reduction while gaining experience in research or teaching at the college level.