Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Get the training you'll need to provide individual and group counseling to a diverse client population while preparing to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

What You'll Learn

Our fully online 60-credit M.S. in Mental Health Counseling provides high-quality training utilizing the most recent standards of best practice that will prepare you to successfully meet the challenges, priorities, and needs of a 21st-century mental health population.

Our unique cross-disciplinary approach includes an extensive 700-hour practicum and internship experience, as well as the opportunity to work alongside expert faculty on research with broad applications to benefit the profession and the world at large. Become a skilled clinician whose practice ethic reflects a deep commitment to social justice, cultural sensitivity, and technological awareness to the ever-changing human services landscape.


You'll learn how to:

  • Initiate, conduct, and evaluate clinical assessments, research, and outreach interventions.
  • Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for a client based on the client’s diagnosis and theoretical models.
  • Use appropriate counseling techniques to engage the client in the interviewing process, build and maintain rapport, and establish a therapeutic alliance.
  • Recognize and mitigate the impact of crisis and trauma on individuals with mental health diagnoses.
  • Develop the understanding of cultural factors relevant to mental health counseling and learn how to serve a complex and diverse population.
  • Advocate for clients who need specialized mental health assistance and support and apply a social justice agenda to eliminate inequities in policies and practices.

Career Options

Licensed mental health counselors work in a variety of settings including:

  • Mental health clinics and community health centers
  • Private practices
  • Hospitals
  • Social service agencies
  • College counseling offices
  • PreK–12 schools

Exceptional experiences.
Outstanding outcomes.






Top-Tier Ranking

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New York Tech is a Top Performer for Social Mobility among regional universities in the North.

How You'll Succeed

Graduates of our master's in mental health counseling program will be prepared to sit for the New York State Mental Health Licensing Examination and practice with a limited permit under the supervision of a licensed mental health counselor or a licensed clinician in the fields of medicine, nursing, psychology, or social work.

USNWR Best Colleges in Social Mobility

Top-Tier Ranking

New York Tech is a Top Performer for Social Mobility among regional universities in the North.

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