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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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
  • 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.

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