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

Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

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What to expect

  1. Email from program director
  2. Discuss requirements, course schedule and start date
  3. Application Requirement Checklist
  4. Information on Financing Your Education


What you will study

SUNY Oswego’s 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.

Where you can study

  • Main campus
  • Metro center

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.

Admission requirements

Official transcripts showing confirmation of a Bachelor's degree
GPA of at least 3.0
Purpose statement for graduate study
Two letters of recommendation
$65 application fee
GRE test scores (Must be received before Feb. 1st)
Department interview (Scheduled after application submission)