Earn a dual degree in six years
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 – which saves tuition as well as waives the GRE requirement.
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.
Note for students matriculating in this program Spring 2016 and earlier: Massachusetts licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) is required to receive third-party (insurance company) reimbursement for counseling services. Eligibility for licensure requires an additional 30 credit hours, including a 600-hour internship. Students may enroll in Suffolk’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study at the completion of the master’s degree to satisfy the academic requirements for licensure.
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.