Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mentoring Compassionate Counselors for Our Communities

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.

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. Professor Laura Wood and Dr. Laura Kestemberg talked about some of the textbooks that will be used for the program.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.  

*This New York State approved Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is committed to CACREP accreditation, and will be seeking that certification as soon as it is eligible.


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1000 Hempstead Avenue Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002