M.A. degree program in mental health counseling
HEGIS code 2104.10
NYS SED program code 30978

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The 60-credit master's degree in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) prepares students to work as mental health counselors within medical, community, and private practice settings. Through rigorous academic coursework and clinical internship training, students learn to apply mental health approaches to contemporary practice, assessment, and treatment. The MHC Program provides in-depth exposure to three principal approaches to counseling: psychodynamic, experiential/humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral. In addition to the internship, students perform intake evaluations and psychotherapy at the College's counseling center. The Program focuses primarily on clinical work with adults and families. After 3,000 hours of supervised, post-degree experience students are eligible to take an exam for licensure permitting private and independent practice of counseling.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Hucey, Tonia Graduate Program Assistant 718-951-5601 5401 James Hall tonia.hucey @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Email for an appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Psychology
Fall Application Deadline May 1st
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Three letters of recommendation.

3. An essay on personal background, experiences, interests, and goals relevant to program (maximum three pages).

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .

All applicants should complete the Program Factsheet (available at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/schools/naturalsciences/graduate/psychology/mental_health_counseling/admissions.php) and submit it with their application.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Please be advised this program does not accept non-degree seeking applicants.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer a minimum of 15 credits in undergraduate courses in psychology, with at least one course in each of the following areas: child or adolescent (developmental) psychology; general or introductory psychology; abnormal psychology, psychopathology; and statistics or evidence of appropriate comparable background in related fields. Applicants must provide a personal statement, including discussion of related work, internship and/or personal experiences. Applicants must also submit letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with applicants' professional and academic experience. The program invites selected applicants to participate in an interview and to complete an on-site writing sample.

General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Degree requirements
Sixty credits are required for the degree, a minimum of 48 of which must be taken in the Psychology Department. Students must pass a comprehensive examination after completing 48 credits.

Required courses are: Psychology 7410G, 7720G, 7755G, 7421G, 7431G, 7771G, 7441G, 7449G, 7442G, 7443G, 7110G, 7544G, 7591G, 7545G, 7106G, 7592G, 7245G; the remainder of each student's program must be approved by the program director. The program must be completed on a full-time basis.

Failure to earn a grade of B (3.00) or better in any one attempt at Psychology 7431G, 7449G, 7591G or 7592G may result in implementation of a student remediation plan, independent of the overall GPA, as deemed appropriate and according to procedures adopted by the department. Following remediation, failure to earn a grade of B or better in a subsequent attempt at Psychology 7431G, 7449G, 7591G, or 7592G may result in restrictions on registration in the Mental Health Counseling program. In addition, continued enrollment in all clinical practicum and internship courses is also contingent upon the student's adherence to and demonstration of standards of professional conduct and demeanor as deemed appropriate by the psychology department in concurrence with standards codified in the American Psychological Association and American Counseling Association and American Mental Health Counseling Association professional and ethical codes and guidelines and New York State regulations, as well as Brooklyn College standards for student conduct. These standards include, but are not limited to, confidentiality, client welfare, honesty, and academic integrity. Significant and/or repeated violations of these standards may result in dismissal from the Mental Health Counseling program when warranted and in conformity with policies and procedures adopted by the department and the College as appropriate.

New York State Mental Health Counseling Licensing
3,000 hours of supervised post-degree experience are required to be eligible for licensure permitting private practice of mental health counseling. Information about New York State licensing for mental health counseling may be found at: http://www.op.nysed.gov/home.html.