24 months
850 USD/credit
850 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marist College will prepare you for your career as a professional counselor so that you can make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and adults.

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The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marist College  provides both on campus and online courses, and professional field experiences in a variety of mental health settings. 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. Marist's Program is fully accredited by the NY State Education Department and provides the knowledge and skills to become a NY Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Request a program brochure to learn more! 

Why You Should Choose the Marist College MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program:

  • Affordability and Financial Support

In the past 3 years, more than 80% of students qualified for Merit Scholarships of $3000-$5000, and more than 40% of students were awarded a two-year graduate assistantship valued at $9000. Overall, the cost of tuition is moderate compared to other programs in NY.

  • A Path to Professional Employment

Over the past 3 years, about 85% of graduates succeeded in finding employment or entering a doctoral program within 3-4 months of graduation. 

  • Success with the NY Counselor Licensing Exam

The NY licensing exam is very difficult - only about 61% of individuals pass the exam on the first attempt.* The pass-rate of graduates of the Marist Counseling Program is very good - higher than that of the majority of other NY counseling programs.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Lifestyle and Career Development
  • Career Development
  • Counseling Theory and Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

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

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  • International

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 850 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 850 USD per credit during 24 months.

Health Insurance: $3,275

Living costs for Poughkeepsie

1138 - 2480 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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