Gaining acceptance into Marist's highly competitive Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program depends on a variety of factors, which can include undergraduate academic performance, prior work experience, recommendation letters, and an application essay.
New classes begin every September. Applications are accepted year round with a fall deadline of April 15.
The Mental Health Counseling program does not allow non-matriculated students into the program.
• A completed Graduate Admission Application (available online)
• A $50 application fee (you may pay this online if you are completing the online application or you may send a check or money order payable to Marist College)
• Personal essay describing your history and interest in pursuing an advanced degree in mental health counseling (hard copy or email)
• Three letters of recommendation (from employment or academic professional)
• Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Transcripts must be from regionally accredited institutions.
- The undergraduate transcript should document a major in psychology or a closely related field. It must also indicate a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (based on a system where a 4.0 equals an A grade).
- Non-psychology major applicants must demonstrate that they have taken undergraduate coursework in: introduction to psychology, statistics, research methods in psychology/social sciences. A minimum grade of 3.0 is required in each of these courses. Undergraduate coursework in abnormal psychology is preferred, but not required.
• A current resume (hard copy or email)
• An interview
• Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores *Not required if holding advanced degree
Send all application materials to:
The Office of Graduate Admission
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387