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Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Application Deadline

February 1st

Next start date

August 24, 2017

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Join an established program and prepare yourself for a dynamic career as a mental health counselor. Small class sizes and close interaction with Oswego’s esteemed faculty will prepare students to enhance their professional development in various mental health counseling capacities.

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What you will study: 

Oswego’s CACREP and NCATE accredited Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates with the listening, problem solving, diagnosis, treatment planning and case consultation skills needed for a successful future in the field. Apply the skills acquired in the classroom in a hands on setting through two field placement opportunities that allow you to create relationships with area leaders for future opportunities, and see the skills, theories and ethics being utilized in the real world.

  • CPS 502 - Race, Gender, and Class Issues in Counseling, credit: 3
  • CPS 503 - Psychological Foundations: Personality, credit: 3
  • CPS 504 - Psychological Foundations: Development, credit: 3
  • CPS 505 - Psychological Foundations: Psychopathology, credit: 3

Read more in the 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog.

I always wanted to help people. Once I had some classes under my belt and started my practicum and had my own clients, I absolutely loved it. It really fits my personality and what my interests are.
Jaleh Mohammadi, M'12

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Learning outcomes: 

This dynamic master’s degree program prepares students to work as licensed, professional mental health counselors in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, clinics, business and industry, residential treatment centers, or private practice. The Mental Health Counseling program satisfies the state educational requirements leading toward professional licensure and prepares students to sit for a licensing exam. Students interested in becoming a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor can also take additional coursework to prepare for the state exam.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mental Health Professional

The SUNY Oswego master’s degree program in clinical mental health counseling recently obtained accreditation from the discipline’s standards-setting organization, with this national recognition opening new avenues of employment and other benefits for graduates.
School of Education at SUNY Oswego is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers all of our initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript(s)
GPA of at least 3.0
GRE scores
Department interview
Purpose statement
Two letters of recommendation
$65 application fee