Graduate Studies Assumption College

Graduate Studies Assumption College

Worcester, MA
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June 1
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Assumption College Is a National Leader in Preparing Students for Careers in the Counseling Professions

Assumption College, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, offers MA programs in counseling psychology, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, special education and health advocacy. Additionally, the college offers an MBA program, which is highlighted by ethics across the curriculum. Assumption College's pastoral 185-acre campus is located in the beautiful west side of Worcester, which is New England's second largest city and home to 9 colleges and more than 25,000 students.

MA in Counseling Psychology Is One of the Northeast's Premier Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Programs

Assumption College's counseling psychology program is singular in its unique course progression, curriculum-wide integration of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and emphasis on helping students build a knowledge and expertise base that leads to the high-level practical application of cognitive-behavioral therapy as professional counselors. The counseling psychology program is recognized by experts in the field as one of the finest in the nation for training skilled, effective clinicians, and is one of a handful in the U.S. with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral therapy.

The Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies is affiliated with the counseling psychology program and offers lectures and workshops featuring nationally-renowned experts who provide mental health professionals, students, and the community at large with information about cognitive therapy and its utility and efficacy.

Students at Assumption College Interact Directly with Faculty in Courses That Are Relevant to Them

Students in the program are assured of learning from highly-skilled psychologists who are committed to fostering their development as mental health professionals. The small class sizes in Assumption's graduate programs improve interaction and learning. Courses are taught by experienced faculty members who bring extensive real-world clinical experience to the classroom.

Furthermore, four electives provide students with the flexibility to focus on their own personal interests and develop a depth of knowledge in their areas of specialization. Optional concentrations are available in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies or Child and Family Interventions.

Assumption College provides students with a supportive environment, small classes, and an exceptional faculty to help them achieve their career goals in counseling.

Assumption College Works to Prepare Graduate Students for Success in Their Counseling Careers

In addition to the depth of quality courses and the willingness of instructors to help each student develop his or her area of expertise, Assumption offers unique advantages to help students advance their careers. Graduates of Assumption's masters programs are frequently sought for positions requiring an M.A. in Counseling Psychology.

The program can be completed in two years, and generous graduate fellowships offer 30 credits of tuition remission. Additionally, the college offers numerous internship opportunities in a city that is well-known for its high-quality healthcare. The graduate programs are specially designed to prepare students to meet the educational requirements for licensure as mental health counselors in Massachusetts and most other states. Graduates with MA and MBA degrees from Assumption are well prepared to begin or advance their careers in counseling and business professions.

Assumption's Online Program in Rehabilitation Counseling Is Highly Ranked and Flexible

The rehabilitation counseling program is ranked among the top programs in the Northeast by U.S. News, and can be completed from anywhere through the school's online program. The online Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling has been fully enrolled since its introduction three years ago. Student comments about the program have been superlative. The Rehabilitation Counseling program is also offered on the Worcester, MA campus and in Fall River, MA.

The program's mission is to develop leaders in the rehabilitation counseling field, using a multi-disciplinary approach drawing from rehabilitation, sociology, psychology, natural sciences, economics, education, and the humanities. Graduates of our programs are well prepared to seek employment in settings that focus on rehabilitation, human services, allied health, and education.

As in all of Assumption's masters programs in counseling areas, a strong academic component is combined with equally strong experiential components, offering students a unique real-world training experience. The students master a comprehensive set of skills, knowledge, and competencies and then have the opportunity to put those skills into practice in actual rehabilitation settings, under the supervision of a professional rehabilitation counselor.

All full-time faculty teaching in the program hold doctoral degrees, are Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC), and have worked as practicing professionals in rehabilitation and related fields. In addition to small classes, there is an opportunity for specialization in areas such as psychiatric rehabilitation and substance abuse counseling.

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Location & Contact

Graduate Studies

Assumption College

500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
United States

J. Bart Morrison, D.M.

Assistant Provost
Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Phone: 508-767-7458
Fax: 508-767-7030

Susan M. Cahill 

Assistant Director of Admissions for Graduate and Professional Studies

Phone: 508-767-7365
Fax: 508-767-7053

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
      Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 161
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 22
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 372
    • Accepted 253
    • Acceptance Rate 68
    • Enrolled 174
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $30
    • Application Fee - International $30
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st September 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesresume, 3 letters of recommendation, essay
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesresume, 3 letters of recommendation, and interview, essay
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 540 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • Tuition *
    • Student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJuly 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships, institutional discounts

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students462
    • Female Percentage73%
    • Male Percentage27%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students462
    • Part-time Percentage64%
    • Full-time Percentage36%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian78%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown11%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty69
    • Full-time Percentage25%
    • Part-time Percentage75%
    • Female Percentage41%
    • Male Percentage59%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchWorkplace diversity, cognitive-behavioral therapy, childhood prosocial referencing, developmental psychopathology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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