Pre-Master's Program in Counseling

Prepare for graduate study in Counseling Psychology or Forensic & Counseling Psychology while you earn your bachelor's degree

Do you want to help improve the lives of children, families, and others by providing mental health counseling? Then consider becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). These professionals help individuals, groups, and organizations manage mental illness, addiction, abuse, trauma, and other stressors. They assess, diagnose, and treat clients in a variety of settings, such as schools, hospitals, and community agencies.

Wheelock College's Pre-Master's Program in Counseling offers you the opportunity to begin preparing for a career as an LMHC by earning your bachelor's degree at Wheelock and gaining early acceptance to a graduate program at the highly competitive William James College in Newton, MA (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). An accelerated track enables you to complete both degrees in five years.

Program Options

At Wheelock, you can major in Psychology and Human DevelopmentJuvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, Political Science and Global Studies, or any other non-licensure program (the Arts, American Studies, Communications, or Math/Science).

At William James College, you may choose from one of two graduate programs—the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology or the Master of Arts in Forensic & Counseling Psychology. Both programs fulfill the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts.

In addition, the Forensic & Counseling Psychology program trains you to navigate the intersection between law and psychology as it relates to legal issues in judicial, administrative, and educational systems.

After graduating from William James College, students must also complete supervised clinical experience and an examination in order to secure a license to practice independently.  Requirements may vary from state to state.


The accelerated track offers you the opportunity to earn your bachelor's degree in three years-six traditional semesters (fall and spring), plus two summer semesters. The traditional track follows the same course of study, but you will complete your bachelor's degree in the usual four years.

In both tracks, you can complete your master's degree at William James College in two years, including four traditional semesters (fall and spring) and one summer semester.

Application Process

You can apply to William James College in January of your sophomore year at Wheelock and will learn of your admission status by April of that year. Representatives from both Wheelock and William James College will review applications.

To gain early acceptance into William James College, you will need a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 at the time of application and a demonstrated commitment to a career in mental health through your coursework, extracurricular activities, and community service.

If you are accepted into William James College, you must complete four required psychology courses at Wheelock and graduate from Wheelock in good standing.

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