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Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree

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

The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare students to be mental health counselors in a variety of settings including schools, community agencies, hospitals and clinics, as well as in U.S. and international settings.

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Why should I enroll in Adelphi’s Master’s 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), global mental health counseling, 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.

» Learn more about the mental health counseling faculty

What are the expected costs?

Tuition information may be obtained from our Student Financial Services webpage.

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How do I apply to the Mental Health Counseling Program?

The priority deadline* when applying for Fall admission to the MA in Mental Health Counseling is March 1.

To be considered for admission, students are encouraged to submit the graduate application.

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 or an equivalent in General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

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

» Apply now to the MA in Mental Health Counseling program

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