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Looking to Make a Difference in the World? 

Take a Look at Marist’s Graduate Programs in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences!

As a graduate student in Marist’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, you’ll join a community of learners and researchers committed to helping others and improving communities. Whether your dream is to become a classroom teacher, clinical mental health counselor, or school psychologist, Marist’s graduate programs give you the hands-on-skills and theoretical knowledge to succeed in the field.  As a student in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, you'll enjoy small class-sizes lead by professors and faculty with both prestigious academic credentials and years of professional experience. Contact us today to learn more, attend an information session, and start your application!


MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling empowers students with the clinical knowledge and skills, and professional dispositions to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors who provide services that make a difference in the lives of the children, adolescents, and adults.

  • Small class sizes allow faculty to provide hands-on-training in clinical skills, individualized feedback on professional development, and opportunities to engage in faculty-student collaborative research.
  • The variety of clinical training settings allows students to consider placements that include partial hospitalization programs, community mental health agencies, child and adolescent clinics, substance abuse and mental health facilities, and college counseling centers.

Joe Cook, LMHC, MA '15 Addiction Counselor, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The best experience I had as a student was participating in a research study with my classmates and program director Peter del Rosario and then presenting this research to my future peers at the NYMHCA convention in Albany. This experience further demonstrated the Marist faculty's dedication to the field and the MHC program specifically. 


MSEd in Contemporary Curriculum and Instruction

Marist's MSED in Contemporary Curriculum and Instruction is designed for working educators who already hold initial teacher certification. Successful completion of this degree leads to New York State Professional Teaching Certification.


  • Offers two tracks: Professional Certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Professional Certification in Adolescent Education (grades 7-12)
  • May be completed online or campus-based models

Adriana Cella, '14, MA'15, 4th-grade special education teacher, Queens, NYC
While obtaining my masters, I also substitute taught during the day.  Although it was a lot of work, it gave me great experience, and I was able to practice the skills I was learning in my courses in real life situations. 


MA in School Psychology

The Master of Arts in School Psychology helps to prepare New York State Certified School Psychologists who are credentialed to work in K-12 schools.

  • Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Evening classes in your first year allow you to work and study during the daytime
  • Scholarships, assistantships, and organizational partnerships are available to help reduce tuition costs

Julissa Marcano, MA'19
The cohorts are small and this is important to me because it gives me the opportunity to establish relationships with faculty and candidates. 


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