The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is a 60-credit degree which results in graduates' eligibility to take the New York State exam for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
This CACREP-accredited program is offered by the Department of Counselor Education.
The application process is managed by the Graduate School.
There is no single factor or test score to determine student admission to the Master of Science in Education. However, a bachelor's degree is required, with an expected minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Data used to reach an admissions decision include:
After reviewing these data, the Counselor Education faculty discusses all information regarding each applicant. The decision to accept or reject an applicant lies wholly within the jurisdiction of the department.
After reviewing submitted materials, selected applicants are invited to a group interview that involves all Counselor Education faculty and approximately eight to 12 applicants. This interview assesses sensitivity, oral/verbal ability, communicative skills (including feedback), self-awareness and interpersonal skills.
Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.
Graduates from the CACREP-approved Clinical Mental Health Counseling program earn a Master’s of Science and are eligible to pursue New York State licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Upon graduation, students apply for a limited permit, which is the initial phase of counselor licensure. Upon acquiring 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised work experience in an approved mental health setting and passing the Clinical Mental Health Exam, the counselor then applies to have the limited permit converted to a license to practice mental health counseling. The license allows employment in New York State certified Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) clinics, PROS (Personal Recovery Oriented Services), inpatient, and other programs. It also creates access to most managed care provider panels and authorization to conduct one’s own private counseling practice. The limited permit authorizes all of these activities except a private counseling practice.
Students have the option to pursue a CASAC-T (New York State Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor-Trainee) certification. Upon earning the CASAC-T, completing the required chemical dependency work experience hours, and passing the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) examination for Alcohol and Drug Counselors, the individual becomes a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).
MS students complete all of the CASAC-T required training hours with the exception of one course, which can be taken as an elective:
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Visiting Assistant Professor
Robert A Dobmeier Ph.D
(SUNY College At Buffalo)
Patricia Goodspeed EDD
(University Of Rochester)
Associate Professor and Associate Chair
Thomas J Hernandez EDD
(University Of Rochester)
Daniel T Kandris MS
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Lisa D Mogle
Rafael L Outland MED
Summer M Reiner Ph.D
(University Of Connecticut)
Susan R Seem Ph.D
(Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus)