Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science degree program in Mental Health Counseling is a 60-credit program designed to meet the professional education requirements for licensure in New York State as a mental health counselor. With the College’s mission of education for service in mind, the Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to become mental health professionals in providing counseling to individuals, groups, and families of diverse backgrounds, ages, and needs. Students are provided with a variety of courses and rich practicum and internship experiences in which to develop their counseling skills and their professional expertise. Graduates of the program, upon successful completion of the NYS license examination, may find employment in hospitals, mental health clinics, and private practice.

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Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling – 60 Credits

Admissions Requirements
To view Admissions requirements for this program, please click here.

Admission to Candidacy
Students will be reviewed for admission to candidacy immediately after completing 12 credits in the Mental Health Counseling program. Please see general candidacy guidelines at the beginning of the catalog.

Degree Requirements
The Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling requires satisfactory completion of 60 credits (20 courses) of graduate study in mental health counseling with an overall grade point average of B (3.0). Forty-five credits are in required courses; six credits in internship; and nine credits in electives. Three hundred hours in each of two internships for a minimum of 600 hours are required.

New York State Licensing Requirements in Mental Health Counseling
In order to provide mental health counseling or to use the title “licensed mental health counselor” within New York State, one is required to obtain licensure as a mental health counselor, unless otherwise exempt under the law. According to the New York State Education Department (NYSED), in order to obtain a license as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State, one must:
• be of good moral character;
• be at least 21 years of age;
• meet education requirements;
• meet experience requirements; and
• meet examination requirements.

The Mental Health Counseling program offered by The College of New Rochelle meets the education requirements as dictated by NYSED. To meet the experience requirement for licensure as a mental health counselor, you must submit to NYSED documentation of completion of a supervised experience of at least 3,000 clock hours providing mental health counseling in an acceptable setting. The supervised experience must be obtained after completion of the master’s degree program. The examination requirements must be met by satisfactory completion of the “National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination” administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) or an examination determined by the NYSED to be comparable in content. Students should refer to the New York State Education website at for further details on these licensing requirements and application information.

Courses– 60 credits
CLD 540 Theories of Career Development 3
CLD 547 Methods & Tools of Assessment in Counseling 3
GSC 505 Research Methodology 3
GSC 584 Introduction to Theories of Counseling 3
GSC 619 Group Counseling 3
GSC 784 Ethics in Counseling 3
PSY 565 Introduction to Professional Counseling 3
PSY 571 Human Growth & Development 3
PSY 581 Interviewing & Counseling 3
PSY 585 Interviewing &Counseling Practicum 3
PSY 586 Counseling the Culturally Diverse 3
PSY 588 Family Process & Therapy I 3
PSY 610 Behavior Dynamics Across the Lifespan 3
PSY 685 Differential Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 3
PSY 692 Family Process & Therapy II 3
PSY 710 Mental Health Counseling Internship I (300 hours) 3
PSY 711 Mental Health Counseling Internship II (300 hours) 3
Three Elective Courses 9
Identification and Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Maltreatment Workshop NC

For descriptions of courses, please download the Graduate School Catalog.

Related Graduate Programs

Advanced Certificate in Thanatology (Grief Counseling) – 18 credits
Students in the Mental Health Counseling program may apply for the Advanced Certificate in Thanatology if they satisfactorily complete the following requirements:
GSC 584 Introduction to Theories of Counseling 3
PSY 581 Interviewing and Counseling 3
GRT 614 Death & Dying 3
GRT 615 Grief, Mourning and Bereavement 3
GSC 692 Children, Adolescents, Loss, and Death 3
GRT 701 Field Experience: Internship in Counseling 3