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  • M.S. in Counseling

    M.S. in Counseling
    Explore a career in one of the fastest-growing professions in the U.S.
    Degree:
    M.S.
    School:
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx & Online
    Credits:
    48

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Counseling M.S. Curriculum

The 48-credit Master of Science Degree Program in Counseling is organized as follows:
Core Courses 30 Credits
Supervised Internship I and II 12 Credits
Electives 6 Credits
Total 48 Credits

The Master of Science Degree in Counseling Program requires completion of 10 core course requirements, two supervised internship placements specific to the student’s area of study and six credits of elective coursework. Students may choose to fulfill the six elective credits from among the following courses: CNSL 601, 614, 620, 625, 648, 654, 678 and EDUC 500, 502, 504 and 508.

Core Courses

  • CNSL 650 Counseling and Application I
  • CNSL 640 Human Development I
  • CNSL 642 Human Development II
  • CNSL 643 Intro to School Counseling (for students who entered in fall, 2012 and thereafter)
  • CNSL 650 Counseling and Application I
  • CNSL 651 Mlticltrl Prspctives in Cnslng
  • CNSL 655 Counseling and Application II
  • CNSL 660 Practicum in Group Work
  • CNSL 665 Career Devlpmnt and Cnslng
  • CNSL 667 Diagnostic Tools: Measurement
  • CNSL 673 Research Methodology

Track 1

Master of Science Degree in Counseling with Certification as a School Counselor

The Master of Science Degree in Counseling with certification as a School Counselor requires completion of the 30-credit core course requirements listed above, completion of the following two internship courses and 12 credits of approved elective credits selected from the Counseling program.

Course Credits
Coure Course 30
CNSL 684 Supervised Internship I: School Setting 3
CNSL 685 Supervised Internship II: School Setting  3
Electives 12
Total

48

 

 

 

 

 

For students who enter in or after Fall, 2011:

Course Credits
Core Course 30
CNSL 690 Supervised Internship I: School Setting 6
CNSL 691 Supervised Internship II: School Setting 6
CNSL 525 College and Career Counseling* 3
Electives 3
Total 48

*For students who enter in or after Fall 2014

Successful completion of the program and evidence of participation in a seminar on the Identification and Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and participation in a seminar in the Prevention of Violence in the School Setting and participation in an approved NYS Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop leads to recommendation to the New York State Education Department for provisional certification as a school counselor.

Track 2

Master of Science Degree in Counseling with Certification as a School Counselor and a Bilingual Extension

Master of Science Degree in Counseling with Certification as School Counselor and a Bilingual Extension requires completion of the 30-credit core course requirement, completion of the following two internship courses, 6 credits of bilingual/bicultural course work as specified below and six credits of elective course work.

Course Credits
Core Course 30
CNSL 682 Supervised Internship I: Bilingual School Setting 3
CNSL 683 Supervised Internship II: Bilingual School Setting 3
EDUC 504 Multicultural Perspectives and the Teacher Learning Process 3
EDUC 508 Theory and Practice in Bilingual Education 3
Electives 6
Total 48

For students who entered in or after Fall 2011:

Course Credits
Core Course 30
CNSL 688 Supervised Internship I: Bilingual School Setting 6
CNSL 689 Supervised Internship II: Bilingual School Setting 6
EDUC 504 Multicultural Perspectives and the Teacher Learning Process 3
EDUC 508 Theory and Practice in Bilingual Education 3
CNSL 525 College and Career Counseling* 3
Total 51

*For students who enter in or after Fall 2014

The six credits in electives may be selected from among the following: CNSL 601, 614, 620, 625, 648, 654, 678 and EDUC 500 and 502. For those students who entered in Fall, 2011 and thereafter, there will be no electives in this track.

Certification requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English and in the target language by achieving a passing score on the Bilingual Evaluation Assessment Examination.

Successful completion of the program leads to recommendation to the New York State Education Department for provisional certification as a school counselor and a bilingual extension to the certificate.

Course Load

Students must consult with the program director and/or interview with the program director or designee regarding required courses and electives for the Counseling Program. Full-time students may register for up to 12 credits per semester. Part-time students may register for either three or six credits per semester.

Transfer Credits

Graduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy College may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the graduate degree. Permission to transfer credits must be requested at the time of admission and official transcripts and course descriptions must be submitted to the program director for evaluation.

Transfer credit will be granted only for courses taken in the five-year period prior to acceptance in the Mercy College Program and for courses in which the student earned a grade of B or higher. Transfer credit is normally limited to six credits. Courses with agrade of B- are not acceptable for transfer.

Maintenance of Matriculation

It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintaining Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration.

Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintenance of Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.

Maintenance of Good Academic Standing

The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing a certain number of credits as stipulated by their respective program. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each semester. If the academic average for the semester falls below 3.0 the student will be placed on academic probation. If the student fails to achieve a 3.0 GPA in two consecutive semesters, the students will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Academic Probation

All students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course the student will be subject to dismissal from the college. For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the director of the student’s program as well as the school dean.

In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once.

Time Limit

Requirements for the master's degrees in counseling programs must be completed within five years from the date of the candidate’s admission (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exceptions will be made only if a student requests in writing an extension of time in advance and receives the approval of the director.

Advisement

Students in the counseling programs must meet with the program director, associate director or faculty advisor to plan his/her courses and to review the plan of study prior to course registration. Students will choose their elective courses in consultation with their advisor and in consideration of individual interest.

Application Deadlines for Internship Placement

Spring Placements - October 15

Fall Placements - February 15

A 3.0 GPA is required to register for internship placement.

Completion of at least 30 credits, including CNSL 630, 640, 642*, 650, 651, 655, 660, 665, 667 and 673 as well as Violence Prevention and Child Abuse Workshops, is required prior to registration in either of the internship courses in School Counseling. Mental Health Counseling students must also complete 614 and 654 in order to be eligible for Internship. Supervised Internship placement must be applied for the semester prior to course registration.

Note: For students who entered in fall, 2012 and thereafter CNSL 642 is replaced by CNSL 643 for School Counseling students and by CNSL 648 for Mental Health Counseling students.

 

How long does the counseling program take?
Typically, two to three years. (Five years is the maximum allowed - excluding time spent in the armed forces).
What will this degree prepare me to do?
It will prepare you to become a school counselor in urban and suburban schools or to become a mental health counselor in other public and private agencies.
Besides certification and licensure requirements, what else should I consider?
You need to decide what type of counseling you want to do in order to focus your work activities, practicum and internship courses, and additional coursework beyond the required core courses in that area. There are several specialties. First decide whether you wish to pursue school counseling or to counsel in an agency setting. This will help you decide upon a Master's Degree in Counseling or a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
What is the difference between matriculation to the Counseling program and probationary admission?
Admission to the graduate program requires: (1) two professional letters of recommendation, (2) a two to three page essay stating the applicant's reason(s) for pursuing a degree in counseling, (3) a resume, (4) completion of a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an approved institution, (5) 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.
Are certification and licensure the same?
No. Certification is done by specific certifying bodies like the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Licensure is established by individual states. Some states (such as Virginia and Tennessee) require 60 graduate hours for licensure. However, most of these will allow you to graduate with a 48 credit degree, and then take 12 post-graduate credits. You should read the licensing law for the state(s) in which you wish to become licensed to ensure that your academic work will meet those requirements.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Abby Hirsch Professor/ Graduate Internship Coordinator Lecturer
Robert Stevenson Professor, Counseling
Lisa McHale Instructor School Psychology
Jennifer Parzych Assistant Professor, School Counseling

Counseling Overview

The Master of Science Degree in Counseling is designed to prepare you to work in a school setting as a school counselor and in public and private agencies. You'll have the opportunity to follow any of several career paths in the counseling field. Additionally, completing the 48-credit School Counselor program will likely earn you provisional certification as a school counselor. (Same with the 48-credit Bilingual School Counselor program, too).

Graduate students who complete the 48-credit Mental Health Counseling program are eligible to sit for the professional licensing examination.

Specializations:

  • Counseling
  • Counseling with Certification in School Counseling and a Bilingual Extension Mental Health Counseling
  • Advanced Certificates in Alcohol/Substance Abuse Counseling and in Retirement Counseling

Additionally, if you're interested in mental heath, Mercy's Mental Health Counseling Degree will earn you the license that will likely become the new entry-level standard for the field.

Both counseling programs are part-time with the option of full-time.

Counseling FAQS

Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Are certification and licensure the same?
No. Certification is done by specific certifying bodies like the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Licensure is established by individual states. Some states (such as Virginia and Tennessee) require 60 graduate hours for licensure. However, most of these will allow you to graduate with a 48 credit degree, and then take 12 post-graduate credits. You should read the licensing law for the state(s) in which you wish to become licensed to ensure that your academic work will meet those requirements.

Counseling Fast Facts

  • Designed for full and part-time students
  • Program qualifies students who complete school internships to receive a New York State certification

Career Opportunities

The Master of Science Degree in Counseling qualifies students who complete school internships to receive a New York State certification to work in schools. It can also prepare graduating students to enter the counseling field in an agency setting.

Purpose

The master's programs in counseling offer graduate education in counseling preparation. The 48-credit Master's in Counseling prepares students to become New York State Certified school counselors in urban and suburban school settings. The 60-credit Masters in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to become New York State licensed Mental Heath counselors in public and private agencies.

The Master of Science in Counseling offers two certifications within the degree program. Successful completion of the School Counselor Program leads to recommendation to the New York State Education Department for provisional certification as a school counselor. Students completing the Bilingual School Counselor Program will be recommended for provisional certification as a school counselor and also for bilingual extension to the certificate.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the general requirements for admission and matriculation in the Graduate Admissions section of the course catalog.

Degree Requirements

  1. Successful completion of 48 graduate credits for School Counseling and 60 graduate credits for Mental Health Counseling
  2. A 3.0 cumulative GPA
  3. Successful completion to a written comprehensive examination

Program Requirements

  • Two professional letters of recommendation on letterhead
  • A two to three page essay on the applicant's reason(s) for becoming a school counselor
  • A résumé
  • In-person essay on assigned topic may be required depending on qualifications

Counseling Objectives

Graduates of the Master of Science in Counseling Degree Programs will be prepared to assume a professional school counseling role in a school setting. Graduates will be expected to do the following:

  • Meet identified professional and ethical standards required to work as a school counselor in New York State. 
  • Be cognizant of the concerns, issues and challenges relevant to today's students in urban and suburban and schools.
  • Apply current knowledge and research from social and behavioral sciences, including the use of technology, to the practice of counseling.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the impact of cultural diversity on counseling techniques and applications