Master of Science Mental Health Counseling 60 Credits | School of Social and Behavioral Sciences | Bronx & Dobbs Ferry
Mental Health Counseling Overview
Mental health counselors are a vital resource for individuals and families, and help communities thrive.
This program qualifies graduates to sit for the New York state professional licensing exam, and to seek initial employment towards meeting the 3,000-hour supervised experience required for licensure.
Your practicum and internship experiences will allow you to focus on specific types of counseling.
Mental health counselors work in settings including:
- Family services
- Outpatient centers
- Private practice
- Substance Disorders Programs
- Community Agencies
Job growth is more than four times faster than the national average for all professions.*
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The average pay for mental health counselors is $47,000.*
Total Credits to Earn Your Degree
Classes in counseling and ethics, research, crisis and trauma, family assessment, methodology & diagnosis and treatment
IHELP at Mercy College
Mercy College is here to help our students and communities succeed. The new Interdisciplinary Health Education Learning Program (IHELP) fellowship aims to expand internship opportunities that provide services for children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth who are at risk for behavioral health disorders in high need and high demand areas for graduate Fellows in Mercy's School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Occupational Therapy programs.
Outside The Classroom
Two required internships allow graduates to hone their specialties. We have strong relationships with clinics across New York City and Westchester, ensuring that when students graduate they are prepared with experience and professional contacts.
- Successful completion of 60 graduate credits for Mental Health Counseling
- A 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for provisional acceptance.
- Two (2) detailed written letters of recommendation from instructors in the major area of study or professional contacts. One letter must be from a professor.
- An up-to-date résumé
- In an 800-1000-word personal statement, please address the following questions:
- What does it mean to be a mental health counselor?
- What influenced you to want to be a mental health counselor?
- What are your three biggest strengths? Your three biggest challenges? How will your strengths and challenges impact you as a student in the mental health counseling program and as a future mental health counselor? If your GPA is below a 3.0, this must be one of your challenges that you discuss.
- What influenced you to apply to Mercy College?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between matriculation to the Mental Health Counseling program and probationary admission?
Admission to the graduate program requires:
- Two professional letters of recommendation,
- A two to three page essay stating the applicant's reason(s) for pursuing a degree in counseling
- A resume
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an approved institution
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale), including grades of B or better in one three-credit mathematics or statistics course.
If you do not meet all these requirements you may be admitted on a provisional basis until you have fulfilled the prerequisites or (in the case of GPA), demonstrated your ability to do adequate graduate-level work. You must complete the prerequisites within the first two semesters (or nine credits) of study. Master's Degree in Counseling or a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Are certification and licensure the same?
Certification and licensure are not the same. Certification is done by specific certifying bodies, such as the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Licensure is established by individual states.
What will this degree prepare me to do?
Fulfill partial requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. The 60-credit course of study prepares you for licensure in counseling at public and private agencies or in private practice. The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is a licensure-qualifying 60-credit program. Graduates are eligible to seek initial employment towards meeting the 3,000-hour externship required for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State.
Program Details & Curriculum
The 60-credit Master of Science Degree Program in Mental Health Counseling is organized as follows:
Level I: 18 Credits
Basic Foundational Knowledge, Theories and Skills
Level II: 27 Credits
Intermediate Pre-Internship Prep., Social Basis of Behavior and Assessment
Level III: 15 Credits
Advanced Specialty Concentration and Internship
Total: 60 Credits
Academic Sequence Map
Download a copy of the sequence map for:
- M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 3.5 Year
- M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 3 Year
- M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 2.5 Year
- 2020 - 2021 M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 3.5 Year
- 2020 - 2021 M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 2.5 Year
- 2019 - 2020 M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 3.5 Year
- 2019 - 2020 M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 2.5 Year
- 2018 - 2019 M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 3.5 Year
- 2018 - 2019 M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 2.5 Year
- 2017 - 2018 M.S. Mental Health Counseling M.S.
- 2017 - 2018 M.S. Mental Health Counseling - 2.5 Year