Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Application deadline

February 1st

Next start date

May 21, 2018

Cost per credit hour


Credit hours


Become part of one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. Join our established program and prepare yourself for a dynamic career as a mental health counselor. Small class sizes and close interaction with our esteemed faculty will prepare you to enhance your professional development in various mental health counseling capacities.

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What you will study: 

Our CACREP and NCATE accredited Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare students with the listening, problem solving, diagnosis, treatment planning and case consultation skills needed for a successful future in the field. The program consists of 60 credits, which allows students to create relationships with area leaders for future opportunities, see the skills, theories, and ethics being utilized in the practice.

  • 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 full curriculum in the 2017-2018 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: 

Graduates of our program will be prepared to work as licensed, professional, mental health counselors in a variety of settings. 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

Our 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.
Our School of Education 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
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GPA of at least 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants.  If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.
GRE scores
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program.  Acceptable scores are dependent on course of study.  Speak to your department advisor about what GRE scores are acceptable to the program.
Department interview
As a prospective student, you will meet with faculty to assess your skills and goals for attending the program.  Email confirmation regarding interviews with a time and date will be sent out 2-4 weeks after submission deadline.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.