Facilitate better living through improved mental health.

Earning an online Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) from Regis College can help you expand your capabilities and treat a broader range of patients. An MA in Counseling can prepare you for work in hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, or private companies.

Why Choose Regis for Your Master of Arts in Counseling?

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Flexible online

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Apply with no GRE

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Short on-campus residency

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3 start times per year

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Complete in as few
as 32 months

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100% of full-time faculty
hold doctoral or other
terminal degrees

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Graduate having fulfilled the common educational requirements
for Licensed Mental
Health Counselor (LMHC) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam

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Founded in 1927 by the
Congregation of Sisters
of St. Joseph Boston

Regis is a multifaceted, Catholic, co-ed university in greater Boston with 2,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the arts, sciences, and health professions. We are devoted to engagement, service, and advancement in a global community. Our faculty provides a values-based education that is integrated with cutting-edge technology and opportunities.

This unique opportunity for an online MA in Counseling prepares you for a deep professional life that can positively impact the lives of others. Our program provides advanced education to help meet the needs of the ever-changing world of health care and human services.

Reputation for Academic Excellence

Our online master’s in counseling offers the same level of values-based education and student support as our highly regarded on-campus program with the added flexibility working professionals like you need to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Supportive Environment

We’re here for you. With several levels of student support and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down the barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential.

Dedication to Social Justice

Our commitment to social justice and lifelong learning isn’t summed up in one lecture; it’s woven into each course. Our MA in Counseling online degree is designed to help you promote lasting change in the mental health field by providing patients of any age the skills they need to lead healthy lives.

Online Master of Arts in Counseling at a Glance

Starting with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, social work, nursing, health administration, public health, humanities, or similar, you can earn your online Master of Arts in Counseling in as few as 32 months. The program is flexible and designed with working professionals like you in mind.

What Can You Do with an MA in Counseling Degree?

Earning a master’s in counseling can open up a variety of counseling careers within schools, private and public practices, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and government agencies.

  • Work with individuals, groups, or families
  • Identify emotional, behavioral and psychological concerns
  • Create treatment interventions to address those concerns

Top Jobs for MA in Counseling Graduates

Potential earnings depend on the industry and location, but counselors with a master’s degree can earn as much as $88,000 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Below you’ll find a few top jobs for those with an advanced degree and the clinical training necessary to move ahead in the mental health field:

Education, Vocational, and School Counselors

up to $87,640

More schools now employ counselors to address not only academic and vocational goals, but behavioral and attention disorders as well. There is also a growing need for on-site mental health and crisis intervention services. Salary: Up to $87,640 for the top 10%. Job growth is predicted at 8% from 2014 to 2024 (BLS).

Substance Abuse

up to $63,030

Substance abuse counselors can find work at treatment and rehab centers, homeless shelters, colleges and universities, and hospital-based outpatient clinics. Salary: Up to $63,030 for the top 10%. Job growth is predicted at 22% from 2014 to 2024 (BLS).

Mental Health

up to $81,960

Work in a variety of settings including clinics, schools, hospitals, agencies, human resource units, and private practice. Salary: Up to $81,960 for the top 10%. Job growth is predicted at 19% from 2014 to 2024 (BLS).

Marriage and Family Therapists

up to $81,960

There continues to be an increased need for relationship counseling services, with the field expanding to virtual counseling as well. Salary: Up to $81,960 for the top 10%. Job growth is predicted at 19% from 2014 to 2024 (BLS).


up to $60,750

Work in a variety of settings, including vocational, medical, psychiatric centers, and correctional institutions. Rehabilitation counselors can also play a consultant role by working with health care professionals to optimize patient therapy. Salary: Up to $60,750 for the top 10%. Job growth is predicted at 9% from 2014 to 2024 (BLS).

The Regis College Online MA in Counseling Curriculum

Our online Master of Arts in Counseling includes 12 foundation courses, 2 clinical courses and 6 specialization courses. Each course is 3 credit hours. The online counseling program also prepares you for the licensure exam, getting you one step closer to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Explore the curriculum below to see how it matches up to your passion and interests in counseling.

Regis College MA in Mental Health Counseling Courses

CP 600 Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling Psychology
CP 604 Theories of Counseling Psychology 1
CP 605 Theories of Counseling Psychology 2
CP 608 Lifespan Development
CP 610 Principles & Techniques of Counseling
(includes four-day onsite residency)
CP 612 Ethical & Legal Issues & Considerations in the
Practice of Counseling Psychology
CP 614 Psychopathology
CP 620 Child & Adolescent Psychopathology & Therapies
CP 621 Treating the Addictions (in residency)
CP 630 Interpretation and Evaluation of Research
CP 632 Group Dynamics & Development
(includes four-day onsite residency)
CP 638 Vocational Assessment & Career Counseling
CP 640 Clinical Assessment & Crisis Intervention
CP 642 Trauma Assessment & Treatment
CP 660 Counseling Practicum
CP 6xE Expressive Therapies and Complementary Treatments (in residency)
CP 6xG Gender & Mental Health Treatment Disparities
CP 6xl Psychopharmacology and Health Care Collaboration

Capstone Courses

CP 690 Clinical Internship 1
CP 691 Clinical Internship 2

There are two required four-day residencies. One takes place in the summer of your first year. The second takes place in the summer of your second year.

Online Master of Arts in Counseling:
Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (Suggested: psychology, sociology, social work, nursing, health administration, public health, humanities, or similar)
  • Application and transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume and personal statement
  • Apply with no GRE
  • Interview with program director

About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health services that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health services landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter the workplace confidently with an education of the highest standard.

Let’s move forward.

Wherever you are in your career and wherever you want to be, look to Regis for a direct path no matter your education level. Fill out our form to learn more about our program options or to get started on your advanced degree today.