Admission Requirements: Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

College graduates may enter from a variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, education, the helping professions, business, and industry.

Applicants for the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling must:

  1. Submit a graduate application and a personal essay outlining the rationale and reasons for choosing New York Tech and the mental health counseling profession, as well as career objectives upon graduation.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants whose GPA is 2.85 to 2.99 may be accepted and will have to achieve a 3.0 GPA in their first 12 credits to continue in the program. Applicants may be accepted "with conditions" and will be required to achieve a 3.0 GPA in their first 12 credits to fully matriculate.
  3. Provide three letters of references from employers and professors.
  4. Participate in a face-to-face interview with the program chairperson.

Academic Standards and Criteria

  • A 3.0 GPA must be maintained throughout the program.

Academic Probation

Student will be placed on academic probation if any of the following circumstances occur:

  1. GPA for any one semester falls below a 3.0.
  2. Cumulative GPA falls below 3.0.

Grade Appeal

Students may appeal an assigned grade by following the procedures outlined in the NYIT Academic Catalog and the Department of School Counseling Student Handbook.

Academic Dismissal/Failure

A student may be dismissed from the Mental Health Counseling Program if any of the following occur:

  1. Cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 at the end of the first semester.
  2. Cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of the first year.
  3. After the first year, a cumulative GPA that falls below a 3.0 for two consecutive semesters.
  4. Grade of F is earned in a course. Students may be given the option to repeat the course the following year, provided they were not already on probation (student may not repeat the course more than once and must earn a B or above in the course).
  5. Second F is earned at any time throughout the curriculum.
  6. Failure and dismissal from practicum or Internship I or II courses or placement.

Non-Academic Dismissal/Failure

Students may be dismissed from the program for the following non-academic reasons:

  • Academic dishonesty/plagiarism.
  • Behavior endangering others’ safety or well-being.
  • Disrespectful behavior toward faculty, staff, students, and others.
  • Unprofessional conduct as defined by the professional behaviors delineated in the NYIT Department of School Counseling Student Handbook.
  • Unexcused absences/lateness.

Please refer to the Department of School Counseling Student Handbook for other pertinent departmental policies.

Graduation Requirements

As per the academic catalog, students must:

  1. Achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  2. File a completed application for graduation with the Student Enrollment Center.
  3. Obtain account clearance from the Office of the Bursar.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities is accepted up to a maximum of six graduate semester hours if the courses to be transferred are relevant to the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, the grades earned for the courses are B or better, an official transcript has been submitted, and the courses have not been previously applied toward a degree.

Fellowships and Assistantships

Various types of research assistantships are available to qualified students. Admission to the graduate program does not guarantee financial assistance.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Daniel Cinotti
Director of Counseling Programs

Erin Fabian
Student Advisement Specialist

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