We are glad you are interested in applying to the program, and excited to receive your application!  Please read the information below before applying through the online application portal.

Application Requirements

In addition to completing the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program’s online application, prospective students must also submit:

  • Non-refundable $95.00 application fee.
  • Official transcript from each college or university attended. Students must complete a baccalaureate degree prior to entry into the program.
  • Official TOEFL scores (for applicants from countries where English is not the language of instruction). If an international student has already obtained a degree in the United States, this requirement is waived.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the likelihood of your academic and career success
  • Written personal statement that describes your qualifications and objectives for the program

***As of November 1, 2018, the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program no longer requires that applicants submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores nor Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores as part of their application.  Applicants may still choose to submit GRE scores if desired.  The BU ETS code is 3087.

TOEFL score requirements are:

  • Paper-based test: 550
  • Internet-based test
    • Reading: 21
    • Listening: 18
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 22

IELTS score requirements are:

  • Band score: 7.0

We are committed to improving the diversity of our profession and encourage individuals from under­represented groups to apply.

Application Deadlines

The Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program uses a rolling admissions process, starting in December and lasting until May. We strongly encourage students to apply early, as we accept students only until slots for the new academic year are filled. After applying to the program, selected applicants are offered an invitation to interview during one of our open house sessions.

***Update 03/19/19: Please note, the online application portal indicates that July 1 is the deadline for applications.  This is no longer accurate for the MHCBM program. As was previously indicated on this webpage, the final deadline for application reviews was March 15. The application deadlines for the program have now passed for our incoming fall 2019 cohort. We will not review applications submitted after March 15. We encourage interested prospective students to consider applying in September 2019 for consideration for our incoming fall 2020 cohort.  We will post 2019-20 application deadlines sometime during the summer.

Information Sessions and Interviews

All applicants applying to the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program must attend an Informational Session and complete an in-person interview.

Formal interviews begin in January. Interviews always follow morning Informational Sessions, and are by invitation only for selected individuals who have completed their applications. Students may opt to attend only the Informational session simply to gain information about the program – OR – may choose to apply and attend an Informational Session if extended an invitation to interview.  Informational Sessions and Interviews are designed to provide prospective candidates with an overview of our program and an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and current students. They are held on the BU Medical Campus. Applicants are required to attend only one Informational Session.

Open Houses

During the 2018-19 academic year, we will be hosting the following open house events for interested applicants to learn more about our program and ask questions. Please note, these Open Houses do not count towards the Informational Session and Interview requirement for admission.

In-person: Open House on Friday October 19 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST (location to be determined)

Online via Facebook Live: Tuesdays @ 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST on Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5.


Online via Zoom Chat: Tuesdays @ 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST on Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 15, Feb 12.

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