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Forensic Psychology

Forensic & Counseling Psychology (MA) Program

Employment Opportunities for M.A. Forensic & Counseling Psychology Graduates and LMHCs

Mental Health Counselors work in a wide range of settings. Graduates of the MA, Forensic Psychology program are prepared to work in court clinics, secured forensic units, correctional facilities, child advocacy centers, forensic assessment and treatment facilities.

Additional career options for our graduates are employment in community mental health centers; hospitals and clinics; residential treatment enters; substance abuse treatment facilities; college and university counseling centers; employee assistance programs; managed behavioral health care organizations; government agencies; elder care facilities; and faith communities. Once they have earned licensure, they can also pursue independent practice. There are many employment opportunities in the Boston area and throughout the United States for qualified master’s level clinicians. Once they have completed their post-master’s work experience requirements and have passed the national licensing examination (known as the NCMHE), mental health counselors can also pursue independent practice. In Massachusetts, licensed mental health counselors are known as LMHCs.

Advantages of a Graduate School Education at MSPP

94% of graduates recieve a job within 6 months of graduation

Job Outlook: Percent (%) Change in Employment for 2012-2022 BLS
Marriage and Family Therapist Up 31%
Mental Health Counselor Up 29%
Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Up 11%


US News & World Report Best Social Service Jobs Best Jobs US News
School Psychologist No. 1 No. 31
Marriage and Family Therapist No. 33 No. 76
Mental Health Counselor No. 38 No. 97


Median Salaries* Data from 2009 APA Salary Survey and US News & World Report

US News
Clinical Psychologist $87,015
School Psychologist $67,880
Mental Health Counselor $47,000
Marriage and Family Therapist $46,240
* Licensed mental health professionals have the opportunity for additional income through private practice.


The MSPP Difference: Percent (%) of Graduates to obtain a job within 6 months of graduation

MA, Counseling Psychology 100%
MA/CAGS, School Psychology 100%
MA, Forensic and Counseling Psychology 100%
MA, Organizational Psychology 88%
PsyD, Clinical Psychology 87%

Updated 7/16/09

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