Aug 16, 2018
Professor Johnson, Graduate Program Director (516) 463-5754, Laurie.Johnson@hofstra.edu
The master of arts degree in Mental Health Counseling is designed to
provide students with the educational preparation to qualify as a
licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. The
curriculum is designed to provide students with a critical knowledge
base comprised of 11 content areas (which ultimately are assessed in
the licensure examination) that has been identified by the New York
State Education Department in compliance with Article 163 of the
Education Law which established mental health counseling as a licensed
profession in New York state. As part of this 48-credit program of
study, the student will engage in a two-semester supervised internship
in a mental health setting. Graduates of this program will stand
academically prepared to take the qualifying examination for mental
health counselor licensure utilized in the state for license
The Mental Health Counseling Program is designed as an
application-oriented experience aimed at building the knowledge, skills
and dispositions/attitudes essential for mental health counseling
practice in an increasingly diverse society. The counseling program has
a state-of-the-art training lab to develop practitioner skills. The
is designed to be undertaken over the course of six (6) semesters
(which for full-time students would entail two calendar years,
including summer study); the last two (2) semesters of graduate study
will be devoted to the clinical internship.
Upon completion of the master’s degree, students will qualify to meet
the examination requirement for licensure and apply for a limited
permit to practice for a period of not more than 24 months, with
potential for a 12-month extension request, while completing the 3,000
hours of post-master’s supervised clinical experience that are required
for full licensure.
Mental health counselors practice in a variety of settings, including
private practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care
organizations, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, employee
assistance programs and substance abuse and rehabilitative centers.
Application for admission is made to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Application review and admission decision is made by program faculty
and is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria including
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably with a
major concentration in the behavioral sciences and/or human services.
Minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
GRE General Test: minimum Verbal score of 500 and Quantitative score of 500.
Minimum score of 4.0 on the Analytical Writing component of the GRE or
writing competency as determined by a writing sample at time of
Writing sample (to be completed at time of personal interview).
Three letters of recommendation from academic and character references.
Personal essay describing professional intent and pertinent background.
Personal Interview with the Program Director and/or faculty.
Experience with personal counseling or growth-oriented experience.
The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a candidate’s potential for
success in a graduate program. As such, candidates who do not
fully satisfy one of the quantified criteria, but believe that other
aspects of their experience may compensate, are welcome to apply.
Note: Preferred application deadline for fall semester is June 1 and
for spring semester December 1; all others reviewed on a space
In accordance with university policy, students are required to maintain
a GPA of 3.0 in order to maintain matriculation in the program.
Prior to registering for Mental Health Counseling courses, students
must demonstrate successful completion of a minimum of 18 credits of
prerequisite course work in psychology and/or related areas including
courses in developmental psychology (child, adolescent and adult),
personality theory, abnormal psychology, statistics for the social
sciences or research methods. These courses can be part of the
student’s undergraduate record or achieved post-bachelor’s degree.
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 48
A. Required Courses - Semester Hours: 42
B. Electives - Semester Hours: 6
Selected counseling electives taken under advisement and after completing Coun 223.
- Completion of all program requirements.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.