Masters in Mental Health Counseling Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's for the Master's in Mental Health Counseling Program

What is the Master of Mental Health Program?

It is a two year, full time, 60 credit masters 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 of the City University of New York.

Is the program accredited?

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.

What is the deadline for applications?

February 1st is the deadline. However, applications completed by Jan 1st will receive a decision by March 1st. 

How do I apply for admission?

Go to the Graduate Admissions page on the college website.
Please check the City College admissions website for more information.

Do you accept students for the spring semester?

No, we only accept students for the fall semester of each year.

How many students apply for the program and how many are accepted?

In recent years we have received between 120 and 140 applications and we have accepted 20- 25 applicants.

What academic requirements must be met to be eligible for admission?

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.

What is the minimum grade point average to be considered for admission?

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.

Do students who do not meet these academic criteria have any chance of being considered for

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.

What other requirments are there aside from academics?

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.

Are letters of reference required?

Yes, at least two letters (three are requested) we request that at least one be from a supervisor and one from an academic instructor.

Is the GRE required?


What are the minimal TOEFL scores for foreign students?

Minimum TOEFL/IELTs scores: 550 (pbt), 79-80 (ibt) or 6.5.

Will classes taken years ago be accepted?

We have no set policy but expect some classes to be within the last five years.

Do you take part-time students?

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).

When are classes scheduled?

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

Is it possible to work while completing the program?

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.

Can students find their own placements for the required practicums?

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.

If i am accepted and discover that i cannot attend may i defer admission?

Students may defer beginning the program for one year after which they must file a new application.

Are there research opportunities?

There are many faculty 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.

Is funding available?

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 have been awarded from the Colin Powell Fellowships.

Can I transfer classes from another Institution.

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.

What is the tuition?

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.

What is the sequence of required classes?

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