Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology Bouve College of Health Sciences Northeastern University

Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology Bouve College of Health Sciences Northeastern University


Graduate Studies in Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology

Northeastern University is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university offers more than 125 programs at the graduate level. Northeastern University is considered one of the nation's top universities for graduate studies in counseling and educational psychology.

Graduate programs in the Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology reflect Northeastern University's tradition of practice-oriented education with an ecological and multicultural focus. Students and faculty members come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and create a dynamic learning environment where field experience, interdisciplinary study, and an integration of science and practice converge.

Overview of Graduate Programs

Northeastern University's Department of Counseling and Applied Education Psychology is situated within the university's Bouve College of Health Sciences. Master of Science degree programs are offered in college student development and counseling, school counseling, school psychology, and counseling psychology. Doctoral degree programs in counseling psychology and school psychology are also offered.

A certificate in Early Intervention (EI) can be earned either independently or integrated into a graduate degree program of study in speech-language pathology and audiology, school psychology, counseling psychology, or physical therapy.

MS/CAGS in College Student Development Counseling

The goal of the master's degree program in College Student Development and Counseling at Northeastern University is to create mindful, action-oriented leaders in the field of higher education and student affairs. The program focuses on counseling, college student development, the history and philosophy of the student affairs profession, and the organization and administration of the field.

The curriculum addresses issues of diversity and globalization, technology adaptations and advancements, financial constraints, and a changing political culture, all within the rapidly changing field of college student development.

MS/CAGS in School Psychology

The purpose of this program is to develop highly competent school psychologists to conduct psychological, educational, and behavioral assessments to design effective interventions, practice prevention, counsel children and parents, consult with teachers and parents, and perform in-service training. The program has an ecological, multi-level systems approach to school psychology within a mental health and well-being context.

Certificate, MS and CAGS in applied Behavior Analysis

Mastering behavioral teaching and treatment procedures prepares students to assist others in reaching their full potential. As a behavioral specialist, graduates can help children and adults with autism to achieve independence in activities of daily living, communicate effectively with others, participate in community activities, acquire academic skills, and engage in positive social interactions.

The Northeastern University Applied Behavior Analysis programs, which include certificate, Master of Science, and CAGS programs, are designed to develop teaching and intervention skills. Lectures are built around projects that can be completed either in the workplace or elsewhere in the community. These projects include functional analyses, preference assessments, intervention programs, and other procedures directly related to the practice of applied behavior analysis. Whenever possible, learning partnerships are formed between Northeastern University and students' employers that incorporate work supervisors into the teaching processes. Workplace discussion groups and team projects link practice to studies.

The courses, which are both online and hybrid, fit contemporary lifestyles and make use of modern technology such as podcasts and Wimba classrooms. These features permit flexible schedules while creating increased communication with instructors and fellow students. All Northeastern Applied Behavior Analysis programs contain the content students need to take the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam.

MS/CAGS in Counseling Psychology

The Northeastern University offers a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) degree program. In addition, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is for students who already hold a master's degree and wish further study to enhance their abilities and career prospects.

The philosophy of the MSCP degree program at Northeastern University follows an ecological model of development and intervention. The program studies the way people interact in their environments -- family, cultural background, social, economic, and political structures.

The program offers students a choice of specific concentrations within the general master's program, including health psychology; forensic counseling; early intervention; child and adolescent psychology; and cultural, gender, and political psychology.

PhD in School Psychology

Northeastern University's doctoral program in school psychology trains the next generation of leaders in school psychology. The program emphasizes scientifically-based practice in urban schools, community centers, and hospitals, alongside translational research related to health promotion and education of children and their families.

The program has 4 areas of focus: prevention of health-related and educational problems in young children; the reciprocal influence of science and practice in a multicultural and urban context; development of leadership skills in researchers and practitioners; and interdisciplinary research and practice.

PhD in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology PhD degree program prepares master's level students for counseling psychology practice and research in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, families, and adults from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The program emphasizes multicultural competence; problem prevention and health promoting practices; an ecological and community-oriented approach; and a developed expertise in outcome and counseling research.

Early Intervention Certificate

Northeastern's Early Intervention (EI) program prepares students to work with infants and toddlers with known disabilities or those at risk for developmental delay. The EI specialization may be pursued as an independent certificate program, or embedded into a graduate degree program in speech-language pathology and audiology, school psychology, counseling psychology, or physical therapy. Individuals already working in the EI field may pursue the certificate program in the context of their employment.

Experiential Learning

Boston is one of the world's foremost centers for health treatment and research. NU has excellent relationships with numerous hospitals, clinics, health centers, shelters, and community service agencies. Clinical training at Northeastern University is student-selected from sites approved by the department and represents a full range of practice settings for mental health counselors and psychologists.

Attractive Urban Campus in the Cultural District

Northeastern University is located in the heart of Boston in the Fenway Cultural District, which encompasses the neighborhoods of Fenway, Roxbury, and Back Bay. Since the late 1990s, Northeastern University has been considered a model of design for urban universities and has twice won the "most beautiful new or renovated exterior space" award.

More Information

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Location & Contact

Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology
404 International Village
Bouve College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States 

Contact Info
Emanuel Mason
Interim Chair
Phone: 617-373-2485
Fax: 617-373-8892

Contact Info
Margaret Schnabel
Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 617-373-2708

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Applied Behavior Analysis Master of Science (MS)
    • School Psychology Master of Science (MS)
      Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Counseling Psychology Master of Science (MS)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
    • College Student Development And Counseling Master of Science (MS)
      Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 174
    • Doctoral Degrees 1
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 25
    • * 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? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Required, Required and qualifying exams
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Required


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 469
    • Accepted 198
    • Acceptance Rate 42
    • Enrolled 75
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, General Test or MAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesGRE, General Test or MAT
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students303
    • Female Percentage83%
    • Male Percentage17%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students303
    • Part-time Percentage16%
    • Full-time Percentage84%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty44
    • Full-time Percentage43%
    • Part-time Percentage57%
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEarly intervention, career development and choice, crisis intervention, family systems, bilingual education in special education, eating disorders
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements, Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, Tuition Waivers (Partial), And Unspecified Assistantships Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Application Deadline: 3/1; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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