Clinical Mental Health Counseling

24 months
850 USD/credit
850 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marist College provides the academic preparation necessary to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY State. 

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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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

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

  • 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.


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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Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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