Dual Degree

Masters in Medical Science & Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine

The MMS/MHCBM is an 85-credit Dual Degree Program. This program offers students an opportunity to combine a broad-based program in Medical Sciences with professional study in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine including a strong academic foundation in neuroscience.  The program takes a minimum of 6 semesters or 3 years of study to complete.   To review a  model of our curriculum click on Dual Degree.  In addition to coursework, students develop research skills with successful completion of a thesis, and clinical mental health skills with substantial field training.  Successful completion of the program will also lead to eligibility for independent licensure as a mental health counselor.  Students completing the program will be awarded a Masters of Arts in both Medical Science and Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. Graduates will be eligible for independent licensure as a mental health counselor.


Students apply by completing an application to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and to the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program, indicating on each application that, admission to the dual degree is desired. Letters of recommendation test scores, and transcripts must accompany one of the applications and are shared by both admissions committees. Students must submit a personal statement letter geared towards both programs.

A student already enrolled in either program who decides to pursue the Dual Degree may, with the advice of their advisor, apply for formal admission into the program. Upon acceptance, the director of the Dual Degree program reviews the applicant’s current transcripts, and advises what courses may be taken to complete the combined dual degree requirements.

MMS Admission Requirements

Please click here to learn about the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences MMS degree program. You can also contact the MMS Director, Dr. Gwynneth Offner, at goffner@bu.edu or the MHCBM Director of Curriculum, Dr. Jori Berger-Greenstein, at jberger@bu.edu for any additional questions.