M.S. in Mental Health Counseling
The M.S. in Mental Health Counseling Program is designed for individuals who want to become a NYS licensed counselor focusing on the treatment of adults and/or children.
This program will prepare you for work in community agencies, clinics, hospitals, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, outpatient mental health programs, residential treatment and rehabilitation settings, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment programs, colleges, and private practice.
The program emphasizes the strengths of individuals and families in order to facilitate recovery and resilience when faced with emotional, mental, or physical challenges.
The program offers two options: M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling.
- 60 credit hour program
- 2 years to complete full-time program
- 3 1/2 years to complete part-time program
- Classes are offered late afternoon/evenings
- Starts in fall semester only
- Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
If you already have a master's degree in counseling or a related field, the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling program will build on your educational foundation to help you meet the full educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State.
General Application Requirements
- Completed Online Application or Application Form [pdf]
- Application fee
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable)
- Two Letters of Recommendation [pdf] Note: You can now submit recommendation letters online. Please refer to the Online Application for instructions.
- Current résumé
- Personal statement*
- Results of the TOEFL (if native language is not English)
- Graduate Transfer Credit Request Form [pdf] and supporting documents (if applicable)
Program-Specific Application Requirements
- Interview with the Admissions Committee of the Mental Health Counseling Program
- Life experience relevant to the work of a mental health counselor (such as personal experience, and/or paid or volunteer experience)
*Provide information about yourself, your goals and plans for the future, and reason for graduate study in your chosen field. The personal statement should be approximately 300-500 words in length. You may submit your personal statement electronically to email@example.com or mail it to St. John Fisher College, Office of Graduate Admissions.