Mental Health Counseling Masters Degree

Advance your clinical practice career with our M.A. in Mental Health Counseling.

Improving people’s lives is the essence of counseling practice. At Derner, we train skilled counselors to be both scholars and practitioners. We ensure that our programs address the current and future needs of society, and we foster the critical reasoning skills and the depth of understanding of human behavior that are critical for success in clinical practice.

Why should I enroll in Adelphi’s M.A. in Mental Health Counseling Program?

  • The degree prepares you for a variety of careers in healthcare, including opportunities in hospitals, medical centers, outpatient clinics, private practice and organizations.
  • Your career options include:
    • Mental health counselor
    • Private practice (business owner)
    • School-based mental health
    • Case management
    • Substance abuse counselor
    • Behavioral health administrator
  • You can concentrate in key job market areas: substance abuse counseling (CASAC-T) and infant mental health (involves an additional year of grant-funded training through Adelphi’s Institute for Parenting).
  • You can focus electives in forensic psychology.
  • You will develop clinical competencies through participation in the national counseling examination and completion of a practicum and internship.
  • All of the classes are conveniently offered during the evening.

What will I study in Mental Health Counseling?

  • The 60-credit graduate-level clinical training program prepares students to develop distinct competencies as counseling professionals. Courses include Mental Health Counseling Practice, Clinical Assessment, Trauma, Psychopathology, Family Counseling, Research Ethics and Multicultural Issues. You will find an overarching psychodynamic orientation with strong contributions from cognitive, behavioral and other evidence-informed therapies. The goal of the program is to provide a strong evidence-informed clinical knowledge base in psychological and counseling theory, research and clinical interventions in preparation for independent practice.

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Who are the Mental Health Counseling faculty?

Our full- and part-time faculty members offer a wide range of expertise, including personality, addiction, trauma, forensics, research methodology and psychotherapy.

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What will the Program cost?

The M.A. in Mental Health Counseling is a 60-credit program and carries the standard per-credit cost for graduate study in the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies.

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How do I apply to the Mental Health Counseling Program?

The priority deadline* when applying for Fall admission to the M.A. in Mental Health Counseling is May 1.

Admissions requirements include:

  • Minimum 3.1 GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • General GRE scores (subject test not required)
  • A personal essay
  • Transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • An admissions interview
  • Prerequisite courses: General Psychology and two additional electives (for example: Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods or Developmental Psychology)

*Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

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