Master's in Mental Health Counseling
Our Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program has recently been accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC). We are the first program in the country to receive this accreditation.
The Division of Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany offers
a master’s program in mental
health counseling. In addition, there is a combined Bachelor’s/Master’s
program in mental health counseling for University at Albany undergraduates
who are psychology majors. Our focus on providing excellent supervision,
multiculturalism, and the monitoring of in-session behaviors to enhance
professional development sets us apart from many other programs. In
addition, we secure practicum and internship placement sites for all of
our students in only high quality agencies with licensed supervision.
Health Counseling Program
The 60-credit Mental Health Counseling Program has been approved by the
New York State Office of Professions and can lead to a license in Mental
health Counseling. It includes a core curriculum that fulfills all requirements
toward becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In addition to the comprehensive
academic curriculum, the program allows students to develop their clinical
skills working with a wide variety of clientele. The program admits 25-30
students each year. Clinical practice sites include the full range of mental
health services and agencies.
The program runs full-time for 18 months typically beginning in late May
or early June of the first year to December of the second year. The Master’s
Degree in Mental Health Counseling requires 60 credits.
Students may transfer in up to 49% of the program credits. Transfer of
credits is individually determined upon admission. Transfer credits are
only given for courses that can be documented as substantially equivalent
to a University at Albany program course.
All students complete a pre-practicum, a practicum, and an internship.
The pre-practicum is taken in the first fall semester, practicum is taken
in the spring (210 hours in a community agency or school), and internship
is 600 hours over the second summer and second fall in a community agency.
A placement coordinator provides placements for all students in order to
complete all fieldwork requirements. The students in our program are not
responsible for securing their own placements. Practicum and internship
are supervised on site as well as by University at Albany faculty supervisors.
Financial aid is generally not available. Some students may be able to
obtain work study or assistantship positions, but these are limited. Opportunities
are announced to students as they become available during the regular academic
Combined BA/MS Program in Mental Health Counseling
University at Albany students admitted to the combined BA/MS program in
mental health counseling are allowed to take a maximum of 12 graduate credits
before completing their undergraduate degree. These credits are applied
to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. (Undergraduate credits
may not be used to fulfill the psychology elective requirements, however.)
Upon graduation with the Bachelor's degree, students begin full-time graduate
work in the MS program. Typically, students obtain the Bachelor's degree
in May, begin the graduate program in June, and complete the Master's program
in December of the following year.
Admission to Doctoral Study
While there is some overlapping coursework, the Department's MS program
is separate from the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology. Some master's
graduates have successfully applied and been admitted to the Department's
Ph.D. program, but there is no direct link. Students from the M.S. program
have done quite well in obtaining admission to accredited doctoral programs
in Counseling Psychology at University at Albany or elsewhere.