The Personal Choice for Your Professional Journey
The Marist College MA in Clinical 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 behavioral health care 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.
Why You Should Choose the Marist College MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program:
Affordability and Financial Support
In the past 3 years, more than 80% of students qualified for Merit Scholarships of $3000-$5000, and more than 40% of students were awarded a two-year graduate assistantship valued at $9000. Overall, the cost of tuition is moderate compared to other programs in NY.
A Path to Professional Employment
Over the past 3 years, about 85% of graduates succeeded in finding employment or entering a doctoral program within 3-4 months of graduation.
Success with the NY Counselor Licensing Exam
The NY licensing exam is very difficult - only about 61% of individuals pass the exam on the first attempt.* The pass-rate of graduates of the Marist Counseling Program is very good - higher than that of the majority of other NY counseling programs.
*Based on NYS Education Dept. data for 2006-2012.
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
- 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.