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Mental Health Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, NY,
SUNY College at Old Westbury’s Master of Science degree program in Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare professional counselors to practice in a variety of settings, including independent practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, employee assistance programs and substance abuse treatment centers.


Our training curriculum is based on the belief that the best therapists are those who have achieved a greater degree of self-awareness and insight. We promote introspection and personal growth as a path to facilitating the growth and development of others. Psychosocial and cultural factors, including class, race, gender, religion and sexual orientation, represent direct and powerful influences on the development of health and pathology. These factors are inherent in both the training and psychotherapeutic process and must be understood and integrated.

Our clinically experienced faculty exposes students to the major treatment models and trained to develop treatments based upon the needs of the client and the strengths and weaknesses of various treatment models. Students are trained in an integrated model that considers both science and practice. A systematic selection of eclectic techniques is taught based upon a broad and unified theoretical approach.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • Intro to Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Psychopathology
  • Principles and Techniques of Counseling
  • Psychosocial & Cultural Perspectives: Theory & Practice I

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).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Psychology or other relevant field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all undergraduate and graduate work, with at least a 3.0 average in psychology courses, or strong evidence of recent academic achievement. 
  • Successful completion of 15 credits of undergraduate coursework in Psychology is required. 
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test are required
  • Completed admission application and fee.
  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • Completion of personal statement.
  • Admission Interview.
  • Work Experience

    Preference is given to applicants who have work or volunteer experience in activities related to counseling.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      22210 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 11105 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      22210 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 11105 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
    • In-State

      10870 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5435 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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