Masters Program in Mental Health Counseling

Become eligible for NY State Licensure as a Mental Health Coundelor for less in tuition costs than other programs!

The City College Mental Health Counseling program provides educational and career opportunities to New York residents, satisfying the new state requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor.  For more information about these requirements, please visit the New York State Education Department website.

The Department of Psychology offers a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a focus on prevention and community development. The curriculum provides a thorough foundation in the theory and practice of counseling for the prevention and amelioration of psychological distress. Prevention strategies and the application of counseling principles to the larger community context are central features of each course's content. The Masters in Mental Health Counseling program provides an opportunity for an education in a high demand, high growth career area.

The program is designed primarily for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in Psychology or a Masters degree in General Psychology and who wish to obtain training needed to be effective counselors to people in need of assistance with psychological adjustment and development.

Students in the program will study theories of psychological development, learn to evaluate the effectiveness of programs, examine issues related to the ethics of providing counseling, appreciate the need to understand the cultural backgrounds of people they counsel, and be exposed to problems that may develop when working in various sites (clinics, schools, hospitals etc.) in the community.

Admissions Cycle

The MHC program accepts new cohorts in the Fall only. Please see the City College Admissions website to check admission deadlines.

Deadline:

February 1st 
* Applications completed by Jan 1, will receive a decision by march 1.

Curriculum

The curriculum offers courses in various aspects of understanding psychological adjustment including etiology, development, diagnosis of, and counseling for, psychological distress in general, and more specifically in areas such as substance abuse, learning disabilities, and mood and anxiety concerns.  The program also incorporates training in the creation, maintenance, and evaluation of, community-based interventions to prevent and treat disorders.


The degree requires 60 credits to be completed in two years, four or five classes taken in each of four semesters.  Students are required to enroll in at least four classes in each of four semesters.  Classes are commonly scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 - 4:30 PM and 5:00 - 7:30 PM with one 10 AM - 12:30 PM course usually on Tuesdays.  To be accepted into the program, students must agree to commit to this schedule.  We are sorry that we are unable to accept part-time students into the program.


The Two-Year Sequence
Semester 1 - Fall
 
Semester 2 - Spring  
- Theories and Techniques of Counseling v6532   
- Ethics and reporting child maltreatment v6584
- Psychopathology v5500 
- Trauma and Resilience v6540
- Developmental Psychology. v2000
  - Evidence-Based Treatments v6587
- Foundations on Mental Health Counseling  v6597
- Assessment & Diagnosis of Individuals, Families, and Groups v6575
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Diagnosis & Treatment  v7000             
- Group Dynamics and Group Counseling   v6556 

Semester 3 - Fall    
 

Semester 4 - Spring   
- Multicultural Issues in Counseling v6560
- Counseling Children and Teens v6582
- Practicum in Counseling i v6589
- Family and Couples Counseling i v6593
- Research and Program Evaluation v6563
  - Lifestyle and Career Development v6591
- Practicum in Counseling ii   v6590
- PsychoEducation and Community-Based Interventions v6564
- Family and Couples Counseling ii v6594
- Elective (may be taken in any semester or summer session)


* Updated 2/10/2019


If you have any questions or would like more information about the program, please contact Dr. William King (  wking@ccny.cuny.edu  or 212-650-7380).

Requirements

The degree requires 60 credits to be completed in two years, four or five classes taken in each of four semesters.  Students are required to enroll in at least four classes in each of four semesters.  Classes are commonly scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 - 4:30 PM and 5:00 - 7:30 PM with one 10 AM - 12:30 PM course usually on Tuesdays.  To be accepted into the program, students must agree to commit to this schedule.  We are sorry that we are unable to accept part-time students into the program.


If you have any questions or would like more information about the program, please contact Dr. William King to wking@ccny.cuny.edu or 212-650-7380

Admissions Info

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with good grades. An undergraduate major in psychology is preferred; however, students with another major who have completed courses in introduction to psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, psychological statistics and experimental psychology (or an equivalent course in psychological research) will be considered.  Applicants should also have had some type of hands-on experience working with others in a helping capacity, either through work or by volunteering; applicants should include in the application a letter of reference from someone familiar with the way they performed in that capacity. To apply for admission to the Mental Health Counseling Program, please visit the City College Admissions website


Application process

Please visit the CCNY’s Graduate Admissions official website to learn more about the application process.


Deadline:

February 1st 
* Applications completed by Jan 1, will receive a decision by march 1.


Applications typically require the following:

- The complete application form
- Application Fee
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter should be academic)
- Resume/CV
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Test scores such as GRE & TOEFL

Careers

The American Psychological Association’s booklet, Psychology: Careers for the Twenty-first Century, reports that most professionals with a terminal master’s degree handle research and data collection and analysis in universities, government and private companies. Others find jobs in health, industry and education, the primary work settings for psychology professionals with master’s degrees.

Government and industry positions in personnel and in mental health are often filled by persons with master’s degrees in psychology. Workers with their Master’s degree usually work under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, especially in clinical, counseling, school and testing and measurement psychology.

Over the past forty years our program has had a national and international reputation for providing outstanding training in psychology. Other institutions’ graduate programs have come to rely on the fact that students who achieve in our program can do so in theirs because we maintain high standards.

The faculty members are full-time professors. Most are also faculty in one of the ten City University of New York doctoral programs. The faculty members are all experienced teachers, researchers and/or clinicians; some are community consultants and evaluation researchers. The Director of the Program is Dr. Vivien Tartter.

Masters students can become involved in activities on the City College campus such as peer counseling, teaching-assisting, drug-and-alcohol counseling, and research in many areas of psychology.

FAQ's

Q.: What is the Masters of Mental Health Program?
A.: It is a two year, full time, 60 credit master’s program, accredited by the State of New York, given by the Department of Psychology, situated in the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York.

Q.: Is the Program Accredited?
A.: Yes. We are accredited by the New York State department of education. Graduates are automatically eligible to take the licensing exam once they fulfill the state post graduate supervised work requirement.

Q.What is the Deadline for Applications?
A.: February 1st is the deadline.
However, applications complete by Jan 1 will receive a decision by march 1

Q.: How do I Apply for Admission?
A.: Go to the Graduate Admissions page on the College website.
please check The City College admissions website for more information.

Q.Do you accept students for the spring semester?
A.: No. We only accept students for the fall semester of each year.

Q.How many students apply for the program and how many are accepted?
A.: In recent years we have received between 120 and 140 applications and we have accepted 20- 25 applicants.

Q.What academic requirements must be met to be eligible for admission?
A.: The minimum requirements are classes in introductory psychology, child development, abnormal psychology, psychological statistics, experimental psychology, or their equivalents. However, most applicants have completed a bachelor’s degree majoring in psychology.

Q.What is the minimum grade point average to be considered for admission?
A.: in general, we expect applicants to have an overall gpa of at least 3.2 and a gpa in psychology of at least 3.5. Moreover, we expect students to earn at least b’s in their undergraduate psychological statistics and experimental psychology classes.

Q.Do students who do not meet these academic criteria have any chance of being considered for admission?
A.: We try to be flexible in our evaluations and examine each transcript in detail taking into account the nature of the courses completed and whether the student shows improvement towards the end of their undergraduate training.

Q.What other requirements are there aside from academics?
A.: Applicants are expected to have supervised work or volunteer experience helping others and be able to substantiate that experience by providing a letter from their supervisor. They are also required participate in an interview with faculty as part of their evaluation for admission. On the basis of the quality of their written materials, we invite approximately 40 potential students for interviews.

Q.: Are letters of reference required?
A.: Yes, at least two letters (three are requested) we request that at least one be from a supervisor and one from an academic instructor.

Q.: Are the GRE’s required?
A.: No

Q.: What are the minimal TOEFL scores for Foreign students?
A.: Minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores: 550 (PBT), 79-80 (IBT) or 6.5.

Q.Will classes taken years ago be accepted?
A.: We have no set policy but expect some classes to be within the last five years.

Q.: Do you take part-time students?
A.: No. We require students to be able to take five classes for three consecutive semesters and four classes in the fourth semester while completing 600 hours of practicum work (approximately 20 hours per week in each of the last two semesters).

Q.When are classes scheduled?
A.
: Classes are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to noon, 2pm to 4:30pm and from 5pm to 7:30pm.

Q.Is it possible to work while completing the program.
A.: It is very difficult to work more than 20 hours per week as students must be full time and carry five classes per semester. Taking the elective in the summer or during the winter session makes the load during a semester easier. It is difficult to work much during the third and fourth semesters as practicum takes up about 20 hours per week in addition to the required classes.

Q.Can students find their own placements for the required practicums?
A.: The program must approve all placements and provides list of institutions in which our students have worked. Students are encouraged to suggest placement opportunities. Placements are competitive. All our students have found placements if they began their search in the spring semester prior to the fall in which their placements’ must begin.

Q.: If I am accepted and discover that I cannot attend may I defer admission?
A.: Students may defer beginning the program for one year after which they must file a new application.

Q.: Are there research opportunities?
A.: There are many faculties engaged in research in the department.  Students may volunteer to work under supervision; however, the MHC degree is designed to train students to be professional counselors and there is little time available to be involved in research unless students opt to extend their time.

Q.: Is funding available? 
A.: There is no funding for MHC students, however, the financial aid office can help students apply for loans.  For those with the experience there are often teaching assistantships or even adjunct teaching positions available. Also, some of our students have applied for and been awarded Colin Powell fellowships.

Q.Can I transfer classes from another institution.
A.: No more than 9 credits to be transferred from other accredited graduate programs. In all cases the classes must be approved by the director of the program. First semester classes must be approved before the first day of classes.

Q.: What is the tuition?
A.: As of spring 2016, in-state tuition is $5,065 per semester for full time students and $425 per credit.
For nonresidents the cost is $780 a credit or $11,700 for 15 credits.
Please check The City Collage Bursar’s website for the latest tuition and fees.

Q.: what is the sequence of required classes?

The following is the Two-Year Sequence
Semester 1 - Fall
 
Semester 2 - Spring  
- Theories and Techniques of Counseling v6532   
- Ethics and reporting child maltreatment v6584
- Psychopathology v5500 
- Trauma and Resilience v6540
- Developmental Psychology. v2000
  - Evidence-Based Treatments v6587
- Foundations on Mental Health Counseling  v6597
- Assessment & Diagnosis of Individuals, Families, and Groups v6575
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Diagnosis & Treatment  v7000             
- Group Dynamics and Group Counseling   v6556 

Semester 3 - Fall    
 

Semester 4 - Spring   
- Multicultural Issues in Counseling v6560
- Counseling Children and Teens v6582
- Practicum in Counseling i v6589
- Family and Couples Counseling i v6593
- Research and Program Evaluation v6563
  - Lifestyle and Career Development v6591
- Practicum in Counseling ii   v6590
- PsychoEducation and Community-Based Interventions v6564
- Family and Couples Counseling ii v6594
- Elective (may be taken in any semester or summer session)