M.A. in Mental Health Counseling:
The Personal Choice for Your Professional Journey

The Marist College MA in Mental Health Counseling Program will prepare you for your career as a professional counselor so that you can make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and adults. The Program provides both on campus and online courses, and professional field experiences in a variety of mental health settings. Marist’s Program is fully accredited by the NY State Education Department and provides the knowledge and skills to become a NY Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Request a program brochure to learn more!  Ready to begin? Start your application today!

Why You Should Choose the Marist College MA in Mental Health Counseling Program:

A Path to Professional Employment

Of the graduates from the class of 2012, 86% are employed as professional counselors or are in doctoral programs – an excellent employment rate given the current economic climate.

Student-Faculty Research Opportunities for Students Preparing for Doctoral Applications

Marist Mental Health CounselingCounseling students (L to R) Melanie Desrosier, Amanda Torres, Elizabeth Bruno, and Joseph Cook presented a research poster with Professor del Rosario (not pictured) at the April 2014 NY Mental Health Counselor Association (NYMHCA) Conference in Albany NY. Their research project was "Training issues in supervision: A literature review and survey of NY master's in mental health counseling programs." Marist College had the most graduate counseling students in attendance for the second NYMHCA conference in a row compared with other mental health counseling programs.

High Training Standards

Marist’s Program standards exceed the NY State Licensure requirements and call for additional clinical coursework in:

  • Family & couples counseling
  • Crisis & trauma intervention
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Chemical dependency counseling
  • Counselor supervision.

In addition to the required counseling courses, a number of advanced counseling electives allow students to choose training in specialized clinical areas such as: 

  • Grief Counseling
  • College Mental Health Counseling
  • Counseling the Seriously Mentally Ill
  • Counseling Children & Adolescents.

Success Rate with the NY Licensing Exam

The NY licensing exam is very difficult - only about 61% of individuals pass the exam.* The pass-rate for graduates of the Marist Mental Health Counseling Program is higher than that of the majority of NY counselor programs*, including:

  • Fordham University
  • Iona College
  • New York University
  • St. John's University
  • College of St. Rose
  • Pace University
  • Manhattan College
  • Long Island University
  • Sage Graduate School College of New Rochelle
  • John Jay College
  • Mercy College

*Based on NYS Education Dept. data for 2006-2012.

Preparation for Doctoral Level Studies

Graduates of our Program have gone on to Ph.D. and Psy.D. Programs in Counseling or Clinical Psychology at such prestigious programs as:

  • Columbia University
  • University at Buffalo
  • Spalding University
  • Palo Alto University

Wondering why our counseling students chose the Marist MA in Mental Health Counseling Program over other programs?

Here’s what they said were the most important reasons…

  • Marist College’s Reputation
  • Affordability
  • The Counseling Curriculum and Clinically-Experienced Faculty
  • Small Class Sizes and Excellent Faculty:Student Ratio
  • Location - in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley
  • The Variety of Clinical Training Sites that includes: hospital mental health programs, community mental health agencies, college counseling centers, residential treatment programs, and substance abuse/mental health agencies.

To read more about the MA in Mental Health Counseling Program, visit the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences website.

Ready to begin? Start your application today!