36 months
1628 USD/credit 48840 USD/year
1628 USD/credit 48840 USD/year
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The Mental Health Counseling program of University of Rochester will successfully prepare you to become an effective mental health counselor – a counseling professional who can help to greatly improve the quality of life of the clients you serve.


Key facts

As societal pressures increase, and the complexities, stresses, and expectations of everyday life impact success at school, on the job, in relationships with family and friends – and take their toll on our overall well-being – the need for mental health counseling services has increased dramatically.

These diverse mental health needs require the mental health counselor of the 21st century to be a dynamic professional.  One who has a keen understanding of societal impacts and is well-prepared to design holistic interventions to support those who are struggling, as well as those who are looking to optimize wellness and the relationship between the health of the body and the health of the mind.

The Mental Health Counseling program of University of Rochester prepares students as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) and has been approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Career Opportunities

Advancing Education and Your Career to the Next Level.

The need for mental health counselors is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations nationwide through the year 2022, due in part to the fact that health insurance plans have started providing coverage to mental health counseling services. In the Finger Lakes, that translates to an expected 35-percent increase in job openings between 2010 and 2020, according to the New York State Department of Labor.

Today, the country faces a shortage of mental health professionals while the demand for mental health services has never been higher. In fact, 15 of the nation’s 50 states – including California, Connecticut, Florida, and 12 others – are experiencing a shortage of mental health professionals, as defined by the federal government. This means millions of Americans will continue to struggle with mental health issues as a result of the lack of licensed clinical mental health counselors.

Graduates of the Warner mental health counseling program will have the preparation and credentials needed to succeed in an array of roles and careers in the mental health field. Graduates can pursue practice opportunities across a wide array of settings, including community-based mental health clinics, hospitals, private practice, human services agencies, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and institutions of higher education, treating diverse client populations including children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.

International students have found the Warner's program in community mental health counseling beneficial in helping them introduce mental health counseling to international communities, where mental health services are in a formative stage.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles and Practices of Community and Mental Health Counseling
  • Counseling Theory and Practice 
  • Career Counseling and Development
  • Counseling and Facilitating in Small Groups
  • Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling
  • Crisis Counseling and Disaster Mental Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Interests and dispositions consistent with successful practice providing psychological services in a mental health setting
  • Application fee of $70 (USD) is required when you submit your application
  • Official transcripts of all previous post-secondary education are required if admitted to the program
  • Letters of recommendation from members of the academic community and/or workplace professionals who know your qualifications for graduate study are required
  • A statement of purpose describing your academic or professional background and your interest in pursuing graduate study at Warner is required
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A writing sample
  • If you have taken the GRE already and wish to submit your score, we will be happy to evaluate it as part of your application
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants who are non-native English speakers

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    48840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1628 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    48840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1628 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Rochester

925 - 1350 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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