Mental Health Counseling

Degree Granted
Degree Level
Garden City, NY

Advance your clinical practice career at our award-winning Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, choosing from three areas of concentration.

Why Earn an MA in Mental Health Counseling?

A master’s in mental health counseling will prepare you to be an entry-level mental health counselor in a variety of settings, including schools, community agencies, hospitals and clinics. You can open a private practice or work with an established organization in roles such as substance abuse counselor, behavioral health administrator or case manager.

Why Earn Your MA in Mental Health Counseling at Adelphi?

  • Benefit from a work-compatible schedule with classes offered in the evenings in our full-time program.
  • Concentrate in key job market areas including substance abuse, global mental health and infant mental health.
  • Develop clinical skills through participation in the national counseling examination and benefit from hands-on experience with a practicum and internship.
  • Learning occurs in an environment with award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned faculty


* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2020
Expected job growth through 2028 for mental health counselors—much faster than the average growth for all occupations.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2020

Adelphi’s mental health counseling program gave me a personalized experience… As I progressed through my internship, I was provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to sculpt me into a proficient counselor. Through the constructive criticism received from faculty, staff and my peers, I graduate as an alum with the utmost confidence to be an empathic counselor for my future clients.

Aaiza Kausar ’17, MA ’20 MA, Mental Health Counseling

Degree Options and Concentrations

We offer our students the opportunity to focus their studies in the following areas:

Substance Abuse Counseling Concentration

Completing the coursework in the substance abuse counseling concentration equips you to deliver clinical services to clients and their significant others seeking treatment for chemical dependency. Our theoretical models of addiction and evidence-based practices prepare you for work in a variety of settings.

Students who complete the program will have satisfied the state of New York’s 350 hours of educational requirements, will receive a certificate of completion and are eligible for the Credential in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Trainee certificate (CASAC-T).

Global Mental Health Counseling Concentration

As the middle-class populations of emerging global economies increase at a rapid rate, so does the need for mental health counseling. Our global mental health counseling concentration prepares you to meet the ongoing—and accelerating—international demand for clinical mental health counseling, especially in Asia. With its balanced focus on theory, research methods and clinical applications of psychological science, the program provides sophisticated training to help you counsel those in need the world over.

Infant Mental Health

A 15-month, federally funded and tuition-free training program for accepted, enrolled, or current first-year students attending graduate school for social work, mental health counseling, communication sciences and disorders (speech-language pathology) and school psychology.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi, we believe strongly in the power of hands-on learning opportunities. All students in this program will build clinical competency skills through a practicum and internship experience. Our graduates benefit from our close ties with local hospitals, agencies and organizations and have helped by providing mental health services in a variety of settings, including:

Program Info

Application Requirements & Deadlines

The priority program deadline is March 1. Applications completed after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Applicants must have a minimum 3.1 GPA and should have completed prerequisite courses (or an equivalent) in general psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology and research methods. Applicants should submit the following application requirements:

  • Graduate application and $50 fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • General GRE scores (subject test not required)
  • Personal essay
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions and proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Admissions interview
  • Résumé (preferred)
COVID-19 GRE Information: We are currently offering conditional admission to qualified applicants who cannot take the GRE before the deadline due to postponed testing in their region. Students who are conditionally admitted to the University must submit the official score report prior to their semester start date. ETS has moved the GRE exam to be accessed and taken remotely for prospective test-takers in select areas. We encourage you to review for the most up to date information.

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