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.
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.
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.