Please note: The CAGS program in Counseling is currently on a moratorium. This means the program is not accepting new students for the Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 semesters.


Boston University’s CAGS program in Counseling is designed for practicing professionals—in appropriate education, human development, or mental health positions—who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills. Our CAGS in school and community counseling is open to those who have completed the master’s degree in counseling or a related area. Our CAGS with a specialization in Sport Psychology is open to those who have completed a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or the sport sciences.

Candidates who already hold a master’s degree and are now seeking initial licensure as a school counselor, school adjustment counselor, counseling supervisor, or a license in mental health counseling may elect to earn a second master’s degree or earn a CAGS.

The CAGS program offers an individualized program of study developed on a contract basis between the student and academic advisor. Coursework and a comprehensive treatise are required; a supervised clinical practicum may be elected and is required for those seeking school or community counseling licensure. Students satisfying all degree and specific licensure requirements will be assisted in applying for their state and/or national licenses. Additional courses and clinical practicum hours are required for those pursuing the school adjustment counseling license and preparing for Mental Health Counseling Licensure Test eligibility.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the CAGS in Counseling.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: Students may begin the program during the summer, fall, or spring semesters.  There is a moratorium on applications for the CAGS in School/Community Counseling for the 2010-2011  and 2011-2012 academic years.
  • Licensure: Depending on your past training, completion of the CAGS may result in the acquisition of a School Adjustment Counselor, Counselor Supervisor, or Licensed Mental Health Counselor Massachusetts license. Questions pertaining to licensure should be directed to the program coordinators.
  • Certification: Students in Sports Psychology are encouraged to work toward AASP Certified Consultant status. Your ability to meet academic course requirements for AASP Certification is partially dependent on previous coursework.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires a master’s degree or an international equivalent.
  • Faculty Contact Information for School or Community Counseling: Professor Kim Howard,, 617-353-3378
  • Faculty Contact Information for Sports Psychology: Professor Amy Baltzell,, 617-358-1080
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 617-353-4237
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Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.