2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Counseling Dual Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology* OR

Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling*

(Both degrees awarded at the completion of the joint program.)

* Students interested in this dual degree program should speak to the Dual Degree Coordinator for Counseling, Katherine Barone.

Description of the Program

The integrated dual degree honors-level programs have been developed for exceptional students who are interested in and capable of accelerating their educational experience in a program combining the curriculum of the undergraduate Counseling major and a graduate program in Counseling Psychology (48 credits) or Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits). Students may combine the undergraduate Counseling program with graduate specializations. Graduates of the dual degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will be eligible for professional licensure in Massachusetts and most states at the completion of the program at Lesley. The programs are designed for students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and academic potential. The integrated programs demand that students be able to achieve the academic rigor of graduate education by the time they reach their junior year of traditional undergraduate study. Students in the accelerated program must be able to achieve a level of introspection and cultural awareness necessary to engage in clinical work at a relatively young chronological age. Qualified students who express interest early in their counseling program, will be reviewed by faculty and if recommended, apply by mid-fall of their junior year.


Students will be eligible for admission into the programs through application during the fall of their junior year only. Admission criteria include: achievement of a cumulative GPA 3.3, letter of academic support from faculty coordinator, recommendations by Division core faculty, recommended 400 or higher on the Miller’s Analogy Test, and successful completion of an interview with a GSASS Counseling Psychology faculty member. All applications items must be submitted before November 1st.

Students who wish to be eligible to enter this program should follow the first-year requirements for the Counseling major and strive to take a client focused (non-administrative) sophomore or junior level internship before applying to the program. Once accepted into the program, a student will work closely with the Dual Degree Advisor to choose an appropriate course sequence.