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M.S. in Mental Health Counseling
  • Min. internship hours: 600
  • Credit hours/semester: 6-12
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M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Become licensed to treat adults/children with emotional, mental, and physical challenges through Fisher’s master’s in mental health counseling program.

The program prepares you for work in a number of different settings, including:

  • Community agencies
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Managed behavioral health care organizations
  • Outpatient mental health programs
  • Residential treatment and rehabilitation settings
  • Substance abuse treatment programs
  • Schools and corporations with employee assistance programs

Two options exist within the program. You can earn either your master’s degree or advanced certificate in mental health counseling. The latter is ideal if you already possess a master’s degree in counseling or a related discipline but wish to build upon your educational foundation in the field.

Late afternoon and evening classes help you work toward your degree or certification with minimal interruption to your busy schedule.

Program Overview

The curriculum examines the psychological foundations of mental health and related developmental issues. The role of diagnostic assessment, including both its strengths and limitations, is a focal point of the program.

Courses offer you in-depth, practical insight into counseling areas such as:

  • Professional identity
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Human growth and development
  • Helping relationships
  • Career development
  • Group work
  • Research
  • Program evaluation
  • Evidence-based intervention skills

Sixty credit hours – which can be obtained in two years of full-time study or 3.5 years part-time – are required for the master’s degree. The advanced certificate is awarded after the successful completion of 18 credit hours of required classes.

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CACREP Accreditation

Fisher's Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the education you will receive has been evaluated extensively and meets standards set by and for the profession.

The faculty are dedicated to helping each student discover her or his unique capability to be effective in this broad-ranging field of mental health counseling. I also appreciate their solid training and experience, which they share expertly, generously, and with great heart. ”


Lee Cocco
  • Lee Ann Cocco '07
  • Mental Health Counselor, St. John Fisher College

The professors in the mental health counseling program are wonderful and very invested in the learning process for each and every student. Their support, compassion, and dedication is truly the reason why this program was a perfect fit for me. ”


Carla D'Amore
  • Carla D'Amore '13
  • Registered Nurse, University of Rochester Medical Center