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Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Photo of Dr. Stone giving a class lectureMental health counselors enjoy well-paying, in-demand jobs where they touch lives every day. With the clinical mental health counseling program, you can become a licensed mental health counselor able to practice in counseling positions both private and public.

The CACREP accredited program was created in 2006 and is approved by the New York State Education Department as a “license-eligible” academic program. In addition to learning the knowledge and skills required to be a community health counselor — with an emphasis on counselor ethics — you’ll also acquire advocacy, case management, social, and public policy skills.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits)


  • Learn a combination of theoretical and skill-based approaches to serving clients
  • Can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis up to the point of internship
  • The program focuses on the preparation of professionals who have the commitment, knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and self-awareness to offer quality counseling services

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

General admission criteria include a completed graduate study application, three recommendations, statement of purpose or intent, resume, and official transcripts. Additional requirements for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. program include:

  • Evidence of a 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • At least 12 credit hours in psychology, human services, education, or closely related areas and completed specific coursework in statistics
  • Satisfactory scores on either the  Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Admission Deadline: February 1, applications may be accepted after February 1 at the department’s discretion.

Clinical Mental Health Course Sequencing (60 credit hours)

Fall Year 1

  • CLG 501 Life Span Development
  • CLG 503 Theories of Counseling
  • CLG 505 Counseling Relationships and Skills
  • CLG 539 Mental Health Counseling and Consultation
  • CLG 547 Psychopathology & Mental Health Counseling

Spring Year 1

  • CLG 507 Ethical Practice and Professional Orientation to Counseling
  • CLG 517 Group Counseling
  • CLG 548 Psychopharmacology and Advanced Treatment Planning
  • CLG 512 Pre-Practicum
  • CLG 545 Cultural Contexts of Counseling

Fall Year 2

  • CLG 527 Career Development Counseling
  • CLG 509 Assessment in Counseling
  • CLG 519 Substance Abuse Counseling
  • CLG 513 Practicum
  • Elective (see choices below)

Spring Year 2

  • CLG 554 Research
  • CLG 541 Internship
  • Elective

Summer Year 2 or Fall Year 3

  • CLG 541 Internship

Possible elective courses (must take 6 credits of electives)

  • CLG 523 Introduction to Family Therapy
  • CLG 536 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • CLG 522 College Students and Environments
  • (other electives may apply, please review with your advisor)

Contact Information

For more information about the clinical mental health counseling program please contact

Ms. Portia Allie-Turco, Coordinator
Office: Ward Hall 107G
Phone: (518) 564-4167
Email: [email protected]