• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marist College emphasizes the personal and professional growth of its students, fostering self-awareness and a deeper understanding of others. 

The Program curriculum is rich in coursework stressing the theory and practice of counseling, assessment, and research, and underscores the importance of a multicultural approach. Counselors-in-training will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality mental health care to help their clients function effectively in all aspects of their lives.

Points of Distinction

  • Experience in Graduate Education: For over 30 years, Marist College has provided graduate-level study in psychology. During that time, Marist established itself as a leader in the Hudson Valley Region in offering students a solid academic experience that combined theoretical and research foundations with applied, practical experiences in the helping professions.
  • Standards: The Marist MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program was one of the first programs to be approved by the NY State Education Department as meeting the academic requirements for individuals to become licensed as mental health counselors. The demanding Program may meet or exceed the academic requirements for the licensing of professional counselors in many other states as well.
  • Training Sites: Given Marist's history with graduate education in psychology, the Program maintains a strong list of internship training sites with which the Psychology Department has had long-standing relationships.
  • Faculty: Professional training in nearly all counseling, ethics, assessment, and internship courses is provided by full-time and part-time faculty who are experienced, doctoral-level NY State Licensed Psychologists. They are experts in their fields.
  • Networking with Professional Organizations: The Program maintains a linkage with the New York Mental Health Counselor Association (NYMHCA) and its local chapter, the Hudson Valley Interest Group (HVIG). In fact, the HVIG holds its chapter meetings at Marist College. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in their professional organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations & Ethics of Counseling
  • Counseling Theory & Practice
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Multicultural Foundations in Counseling
  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Diagnosis & Treatment Planning in CMHC

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Students can complete the program in 2 years in a full-time, accelerated plan or through a more flexible and less time-intensive 3-year schedule.

  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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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).

General Requirements

  • Unofficial transcripts  from each college/university attended. The undergraduate transcript should document a major in Psychology, or a different major with prerequisite courses completed. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred (based on a system where a 4.0 equals an A grade).  
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement outlining educational background, experiences, and goals, and the reason(s) for selecting Marist’s MA in Mental Health Counseling program
  • Three letters of recommendation (from your instructors or work supervisors)
  • Interview with program director

Tuition Fee

  • International

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 850 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 850 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
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Merit awards are made at the discretion of the scholarship committee. The total scholarship amount awarded covers the duration of the program and is applied by course each semester in the amount of $150 or $250 per course.

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