Dual Master of Arts (M.A/M.A.) in Theology and Ministry & Counseling

The dual M.A. in Theology and Ministry/M.A. in Counseling Psychology program was developed by the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) and the Lynch School of Education and Human Development (Lynch School).  It is designed for individuals who wish to pursue graduate studies that combine theories and practice in counseling and psychology with studies in religion and exploration of the pastoral dimensions of caregiving. It combines the foundational studies and faculty resources of the existing MA in Theology and Ministry with the MA in Counseling Psychology (Mental Health Counselor track).

Dual-degree students couple their study of counseling psychology with the study of pastoral care and spirituality and can seek licensing as professional mental health counselors. Such licensed counselors are well equipped to seek positions in mental health agencies, shelters, pastoral placements in parishes, campus ministry programs, prison work, and youth and young adult programs. Graduates will bring the strength of solid counseling skills and exposure to spiritual direction work to their positions.

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School of Theology & Ministry Facts


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Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable.

At a Glance

How many courses?

There are two tracks for this program. The 84 credit track meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts.
The other consists of 78 credits and prepares students for further studies in counseling, including doctoral study. 

How long will it take?

Full time students will typically complete the program in 3 years.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program only in the fall semester.

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will you study?

Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7444

Theories of Personality and Counseling I

First part of a year-long sequence examining personality and counseling theories. To introduce students to major theories of personality in the field of psychology and how theories are applied in constructing counseling and psychotherapy models. 

APSY 7445

Theories of Personality and Counseling II 

Second part of a year-long sequence examining personality and counseling theories. Focuses on psychoanalytic personality and counseling models as well as critical theory as manifested in the psychology of gender and counseling models that integrate gender into working with clients.

APSY 7518

Issues in Life Span Development

This course addresses the major psychological and socio-cultural issues in development from childhood through adulthood. The theory, research, and practice in the field of life span development are examined and evaluated.

APSY 7528 Multicultural Issues

Assists students to become more effective in their work with ethnic minority and LGBT clients. Increases students' awareness of their own and others' life experiences, and how these impact the way in which we approach interactions with individuals who are different from us. Examines the sociopolitical conditions that impact individuals from ethnic and non-ethnic minority groups in the U.S., and presents an overview of relevant research.
APSY 7543


The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to family and couple counseling theory, and perspectives of family therapy along with issues of diversity. This course will focus on theory and practice, viewing the couple/family as a unitary psychosocial system. 



Dual degree students will complete the curriculum in either the Mental Health, M.A. or School Counseling, M.A. programs.

Where do our graduates work?

Our Lady of Victory Catholic School

School Counselor

Willowglen Academy


Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Assistant

Bay State Community Services

Mental Health Counselor

Veterans Health Administration

Research Health Science Specialist

Christiana Care Health System


Italian Home for Children

In-home Family Therapist

Brain Excel

Cognitive Trainer

Community Substance Abuse Centers

Substance Abuse Clinician

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the CDEP Department.

Application Information




Regular Decision
Rolling Admission

Application Form

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. 

Students interested in this degree must also apply to the School of Theology and Ministry here.







To be uploaded to your online Application Form


In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form


Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.


Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education

Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

If you are a current student or alum of Boston College, submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required. The Lynch School requires GRE test scores for all other applicants; our GRE code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education. Learn about requirements for international students.