Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science 

Mental Health Counseling

Program of Study

Core Courses

Behavioral Science Studies

  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Substance Abuse and Addictive Behaviors
  • Career Development Theory

Counseling Theory and Practice

  • Research Principles and Methods in Counseling
  • Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
  • Introduction to Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Intermediate Counseling Theory and Practice (Pre-practicum)
  • Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Foundations and Techniques of Group Counseling
  • Assessment Techniques in Counseling and Rehabilitation
  • Techniques of Consultation and Supervision


Gain confidence working with clients through supervised or monitored counseling sessions. Fieldwork improves your cultural competence and strengthens your professional skills as a therapist. The School of Education secures supervised practicum and internship agency placements for all master's students.


Choose three courses. For example: Psychology of Disability; Systems Interventions: Families; and Preventive Counseling: School and Community-Based Wellness Promotion.

Additional Requirement

Two-hour mandated training program in child abuse reporting.

Comprehensive Exam

You must maintain active status in the program until you have passed the comprehensive exam.

See graduate bulletin for details.

For more information contact Jason Gallo at

Why UAlbany

Generous Transfer Credits

You may transfer in up to 29 graduate psychology credits determined to be substantially equivalent to specific course requirements for the master’s degree.

Less Restrictive Application Requirements

UAlbany welcomes applicants who majored in other fields other than psychology. You simply must have earned 15 or more credits in psychology that comprises coursework in statistics, abnormal psychology, and personality theory and development. And you're only required to submit scores for the general GRE exam (you don't need to take the GRE subject test in psychology).

MCAC-Accredited Program

The MS in Mental Health Counseling at the University at Albany was the first to be accredited by the Masters in Counseling Accreditation Council (MCAC), and is accredited through the year 2023.

This designates that the program maintains high professional training standards that include multicultural competencies and support social justice.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • To produce graduates who have the basic requisite counseling knowledge and skills for entry into the practice of professional counseling, including the awareness and skills necessary to think and act in a professional, ethical, and culturally sensitive manner.
  • To produce graduates who can apply research findings to practice.

Careers and Advisement

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