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.

Admission Requirements

• 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(GRE waivers based on advanced degrees will be considered by the program director)

*Marist application code - 2400     PSYCAS application code - 7443

Send all application materials to:
The Office of Graduate Admission
Marist College
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387