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Graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Become the Compassionate Counselor our Communities Need Now

Mental health professionals and their services are needed now more than ever: Be prepared to meet that need with a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from Molloy University.

Designed to provide graduate students the professional identity, core knowledge, state-of-the-art practical skills, and the multicultural sensitivity they need to excel in a variety of mental health settings, our flexible, affordable, part-time, accredited program can be completed in three years.

Why choose Molloy?

A comprehensive, state-approved, and accredited program

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Dedicated to the highest standards, our program is New York State-approved and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP. It fulfills the educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor established by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions. (To earn your license, 3,000 post-master’s hours of supervised mental health counseling work and passing the state licensing examination are required.)

Molloy University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Designed for working students

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You’ll attend courses part time in the evening. The program can be completed in three years part-time with summers included and requires a final comprehensive examination.

A best practice approach, an ethical education

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Committed to social justice, diversity, and multicultural humility, our program teaches you the full range of counseling theories and interventions. Coursework includes:

  • 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

Individualized attention

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You’ll learn in small classes led by compassionate, experienced, and respected clinical mental health counselors, who also serve as your mentors throughout the program.

Hands-on experience with an on-campus clinic

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Your graduate experience will include a practicum (100 clock hours) course and a one-year (600 clock hours) supervised internship in mental health counseling in a Molloy University-approved mental health setting. This setting may be our on-campus Mental Health and Wellness Center (MHWC), which provides affordable, low-cost, high-quality psychotherapy services for individuals in our community. Graduate students provide counseling services here under the supervision of licensed clinicians and mental health professionals.

Success Stories

Molloy graduates live their story and achieve professional success, every day. Here are the stories of some of them—and of the caring, distinguished faculty that provides personal guidance along the way.

" No matter what's going on in your life, the faculty and administration are going to help guide you onto a path that will put you in the right place. "
Samantha Maria Barone

BS in Psychology 2016, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 2019

Molloy by the Numbers


States offering licensure to

practice privately


Practicing, independent, mental health

counselors in the U.S.


Projected job growth over the next

8 years


Certified, Licensed and practicing mental

health professionals in N.Y.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

One of the nation’s top value institutions, Molloy offers affordable tuition, together with federal grants and scholarships as well as graduate assistantships in clinical mental health and other departments on campus. You may have questions about the ins and outs of the financial aid process, and that is why Molloy has a dedicated and knowledgeable financial aid team ready to help you every step of the way.

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