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Accelerated programs award bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years

November 13, 2009–Boston (West Roxbury, MA)—Wheelock College and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) today announced a landmark educational partnership that will fast-track students entering the growing field of mental-health counseling. Wheelock students may complete their undergraduate education at Wheelock within three years, and then earn a two-year master’s degree from MSPP. Both programs qualify their graduates to pursue licensure in Massachusetts as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) in as little as five years.

Students who receive early admission to MSPP must successfully complete their Wheelock requirements and maintain a 3.3 grade point average at Wheelock.

“For years we’ve arranged special internships and programs for Wheelock students interested in mental-health careers,” Wheelock’s Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Shirley Malone-Fenner said. “This program will formalize their curriculum and help ensure consistent course offerings.”

Wheelock students majoring in any non-licensure undergraduate curricula can enroll in the program, which has its own set of required courses. Students may then choose to enter one of two graduate degree programs at MSPP: Counseling Psychology or Forensic & Counseling Psychology.

According to MSPP President Dr. Nicholas Covino, "We are delighted with this unique partnership. Wheelock’s rich history of experiential education, cultural diversity and its curricular emphasis on human development are an excellent preparation for graduate work at MSPP. This new affiliation streamlines the educational process for students who are already committed to mental-health careers and it will ensure the continued quality of our graduate candidates."

Students may take the traditional four-year period to gain their undergraduate degree from Wheelock, or they may opt to enroll in the accelerated track. With attendance during two summer semesters they will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree requirements in three years, which will allow them to begin graduate study during what would have otherwise been their senior undergraduate year.

About MSPP:
Founded in 1974 as a non-profit institution of higher education, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is a preeminent school of psychology that integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and close attention to professional development. The School assumes an ongoing social responsibility to create programs to educate specialists of many disciplines in order to meet the evolving mental health needs of society. MSPP is committed to bringing psychologists into nearly every facet of modern life through its graduate programs in Clinical, Counseling, Forensic, Organizational and School Psychology. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, MSPP is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the American Psychological Association.

About Wheelock College:
Founded in 1888 and located in Boston, Massachusetts, Wheelock College is a private institution with the public mission of improving the quality of life for children and their families. The College fulfills this mission by providing a strong education in the arts and sciences and in its professional fields – child and family studies, social work, and education — for which its undergraduate and graduate programs are nationally and internationally recognized. Through its academic programs and student experience, the College reflects the multicultural dimensions of the countries in which it operates and fosters diverse learning communities — all of which contribute to the success, leadership, and impact that its graduates enjoy in a wide variety of careers. For more information. visit

Updated 11/13/09

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