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Masters in Mental Health Counseling Frequently Asked Questions


Masters in Mental Health Counseling Frequently Asked Questions


Updated 2/14/2016


QUESTION: What is the Masters of Mental Health Counseling Program?
ANSWER: It is a two-year, full-time, 60 credit Masters program accredited by the State of New York and offered by the Department of Psychology at the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership within the City College of New York, a CUNY school.

Question: What is the deadline for applications?
ANSWER: Early Response applications should be submitted and complete by January 1st. All other applications should be submitted by February 1st, and the absolute deadline to get all letters and other materials in by is February 15th. Please check the City College Admissions website for more information.

QUESTION: How much is tuition?
ANSWER: Tuition rates vary from semester to semester. Please check the City Collage Bursar’s website for the latest tuition and fees.

QUESTION: How do I apply for admission?
ANSWER: Go to the graduate admissions page on the college website for detailed information regarding admissions.

QUESTION: Do you accept students for the Spring semester?
ANSWER: No, we only accept students for the Fall semester of each year.

QUESTION: How many students apply for the program and how many are accepted?
ANSWER: In recent years we have received between 100 and 120
applications and we have accepted 20- 25 applicants.

QUESTION: What academic requirements must be met to be eligible for admission?
ANSWER: The minimum requirements are classes in Introductory Psychology, Child Development, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Statistics, and Experimental Design, or their equivalents, however, most applicants have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

QUESTION: What is the minimum grade point average to be considered for admission?
ANSWER: 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 Statistics and Experimental psychology classes.

QUESTION: Do students who do not meet these academic criteria have any chance of being considered for admission?
ANSWER: 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.

QUESTION: Aside from academics are there other requirements?
ANSWER: Applicants are expected to have supervised work or volunteer experience helping others and be able to substantiate that experience by providing letters from their supervisors. They are also required participate in two interviews with faculty as part of the evaluation for admission. On the basis of the quality of their written materials, we invite approximately 40 potential students for interviews.

QUESTION: Are letters of reference required?
ANSWER: Yes, at least two letters (three are requested) with at least one from a supervisor and one from an academic source.

QUESTION: Are the GRE’s required?

QUESTION: If required, what are the minimum TOEFL scores?
ANSWER:  Minimum TOEFL/IELTS Scores are set by CUNY at: 550 (PBT), 79-80 (IBT) or 6.5.

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

QUESTION: Do you take part time students?
ANSWER: No. We require students to be able to take a minimum of 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).

QUESTION: When are classes scheduled?
ANSWER: classes are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm to 4:30pm and from 5pm to 7:30pm. There will be one class that meets from 10am to 12:30pm on either Tuesday or Thursday every semester.

QUESTION: Is it possible to work while completing the program.
ANSWER: It is very difficult to work more than 20 hours per week as students must be full time and carry five classes per semester. During the fourth semester, there are only four required courses, and students may choose to take their elective credit during the Summer or Winter, lightening the credit load for that semester. However, it is still 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.

QUESTION: Can students find their own placements for the required practicums?
ANSWER: The program must approve all placements and makes every attempt to provide them. However, students are encouraged to suggest placement opportunities.

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

QUESTION: Can I transfer classes from another institution.
ANSWER: We generally permit 3 credits to be transferred from other accredited graduate programs. the classes must be approved by the director of the program.