Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.)

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study provides specialized knowledge and skills in specific areas of Clinical Counseling Psychology.
It is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 30 credits beyond the Masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology or related area. There are two CAGS options to choose from:

  1. Students who have earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology but whose program of study did not satisfy all requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor may select courses that will address those deficiencies.
  2. Students who would like the opportunity to sharpen and refine skills as a therapist and develop sophisticated and in-depth expertise at a more advanced level.

Please contract Dr. Leonard Doerfler at (508) 767-7549 for assistance in selecting which CAGS option is right for you.

When complete, your application will be forwarded to the Clinical Counseling Psychology admissions committee for their review.

Enrollment is open to qualified individuals who meet the following academic admissions standards:

  • Successful completion of a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology or Mental Health Counseling.
  • A baccalaureate degree and at least six (6) psychology courses completed at an undergraduate level with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, both overall and in psychology courses.

The Admissions Committee also requires that you submit three strong positive recommendations from your professors or other professionals for whom you have worked. Only letters that are academic or professional in nature will be considered. At least one recommendation must be from a professor you had for at least one course. If you have been out of school for several years and are unable to obtain an academic reference, you must contact the Program Director for guidance in identifying individuals who can provide suitable recommendations. It is important to choose individuals who know your academic ability, research skills, or clinical work well.

Finally, the Admissions committee will consider the match between your professional interests and Assumption’s program offerings. We recommend that you give considerable thought to the content of your essay as it is an important part of the evaluation process. Success in the counseling program and in the field requires high levels of responsibility, integrity, interpersonal skill, as well as mastery of theory and research methodology. We are seeking candidates who have thought deeply about their place within the field of counseling and who possess strong academic credentials. We encourage you to reflect this thought and to describe your preparation thoroughly in the essay you submit.

Prior to making its recommendation, the admissions committee will conduct a required interview to discuss the match between your professional interests and the program offerings. In evaluating your application, the admissions committee will consider your graduate and undergraduate performance and coursework, along with information discussed during the interview.

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