Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling



Dear Applicant,

Hello! We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe during the current COVID-19 health crisis.

I am reaching out to you to let you know that our application process is in full swing albeit remotely! The faculty and I are enjoying meeting with each new counseling applicant during Zoom Interviews that began last week. We have been enjoying getting to know each applicant remotely until we are able to meet with them in person again.

I encourage you to submit as much of your application materials as soon as possible! Once you have all of your materials in, we will review them as a team and call you in for a virtual interview. This way of conducting our interviews is new to us, but we are all in this together and we want to make it a smooth process for you.

The services of mental health professionals will be needed now more than ever, and those of us in the field are already very aware of this. In our own CMHC Department, the faculty and students have stayed in close and frequent communication with each other during the transition to online learning. Although some of our courses were taught in hybrid format, the majority of our courses are taught in person as many are interactive in nature.

But for now, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department is offering all of its graduate courses online until further notice from Molloy College. We transitioned to all online courses, and our students report being able to adapt well as the professors continue to be very connected with and supportive of our students, offering assistance in any way we can with courses, clinical sites, and frequent check-ins.

Our state-of-the-art Mental Health and Wellness Center Director and staff have trained our graduate students in tele-therapy services so that student counselors and interns can continue to accrue their clinical hours and be a much needed resource to the community. Our students are competent and comfortable providing mental health relief services in an ethical format under supervision and abiding by all professional, state and national guidelines to those clients who need it during these stressful times.

We are answering phones and emails remotely so please reach out! Please let us know if you would like to speak with one of our current graduate students to ask them any questions about our CMHC program.

Be sure to visit our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and see below for useful links and information.

We wish you physical and mental health wellness.

Dr. Laura B. Kestemberg, Program Director


How to Apply: Admission Requirements

Submit all Application Materials to the Admissions Office:
Admissions Office Phone: 516.323.4000
Admissions Office Email:
Admissions Mailing Address: ATTN: Admissions 1000 Hempstead Ave., P.O. Box 5002, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002
Fill this form out to get a head start with Admissions!

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Front Desk Contacts:
Phone: 516.323.3844
Administrative Assistant: Theresa Eaves
Contact Theresa for help navigating the application process!

GRE Website:
Check the GRE link often for information about when the testing centers will be re-opening.

Tuition and Fees:

Financial Aid:

Scholarship Opportunity: Click here to learn how to apply!

Helpful Tips:

  • You do not have to have all of your materials ready to begin you application. Start by filling out the Online Graduate Application!
  • Use the Admission Requirements tab on our website as a checklist to complete the application process!
  • Let us know if you have any questions we are happy to help!

Mentoring Compassionate Counselors for Our Communities



CACREP Accredited

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at Molloy College is designed to provide graduate students the professional identity, core knowledge, necessary state-of-the- art practical skills, and multi-cultural sensitivity to excel in a variety of mental health settings. Our 60-credit-hour, New York State approved, part-time, evening program can be completed in three years, and fulfills the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor established by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions.

CMHC Faculty

Prepare for a career as a clinical mental health counselor with Molloy College:

  • A program designed for working students
  • Dedication to the highest standards of accreditation*
  • Committed to social justice, diversity, and multicultural humility
  • Education in numerous counseling theories and interventions
  • Best practices and ethical standards embedded throughout the program
  • Highly experiential coursework and hands-on practice
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one mentorship throughout the program

The program can be completed in three years part time with summers included, and requires a final comprehensive examination. Graduate coursework will include, but not be limited to, each of the following content areas:

  • Human growth and development
  • Social and cultural foundations of counseling
  • Counseling theory and practice
  • Psychopathology
  • Group dynamics
  • Lifestyle and career development
  • Assessment and appraisal of individuals, couples and families and groups
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Professional orientation and ethics
  • Foundations of mental health counseling and consultation
  • Clinical instruction

A practicum (100 clock hours) course and a one year (600 clock hours) supervised internship in mental health counseling in a Molloy College approved mental health setting are required. Successful graduates of the Molloy College M.S. in CMHC will be eligible for Licensure as Mental Health Counselors in New York State upon completion of 3,000 post-Master's hours of supervised mental health counseling work and the passing of the state licensing examination. Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide solution oriented and consumer friendly services for clients. Providing lower cost of care to consumers of mental health is consistent with government and industry goals of cost containment and reduction built into Medicare and the recently passed national health insurance law.


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