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Mental Health Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The department offers a sequence of courses for practicing school counselors who already hold certification who are seeking a bilingual extension. For additional information, please refer to this Bulletin under Bilingual Extension for Pupil Personnel.

Either MS program in Counseling (School or Mental Health) can be completed in 2 years full-time (which requires attendance in daytime classes) or 3 to 4 years part-time with evening classes. All candidates for either master’s degree must take the 36-credit sequence of basic and advanced core courses, 12 credits of specialization courses, and 12 credits in fieldwork (for a total of 700 hours).

Programme Structure

The Mental Health Counseling program is registered with the New York State Education Department and leads to licensing as a Mental Health Counselor. Post-degree clinical hours and exams are required beyond the master’s degree for permanent licensing. Dr. Matthew Day and Dr. Jennifer Kyle are the advisors for the Mental Health Counseling program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Satisfactory completion of the following five prerequisite course areas: 
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Developmental psychology (child, adolescent, or life-span)
  • Abnormal psychology (or Psychopathology)
  • Statistics
  • Social basis of behavior (sociology, anthropology, or social psychology).

In some cases, strong applicants missing one course prerequisite may be conditionally admitted into the program, pending the completion of the missing prerequisite within the first semester. 

In the 500-word essay on the admissions application, please describe your motivations for entering the counseling profession and your expectations of graduate-level study.

Interview may be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    805 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 805 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    805 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 805 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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