Mental Health Counseling, AC

Our advanced certificate in mental health counseling is designed to bridge the gap between counseling related master's degrees and the New York State educational requirements for licensure. It focuses on providing you with the necessary skills to transform the lives of your clients and advance your career goals.

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Why choose UB’s program?

  1. Our program puts an emphasis on personal and professional growth, respect for human diversity, multicultural competence, social justice, client strengths and ethical responsibility.
  2. You'll learn to demonstrate multicultural awareness, knowledge, skills and principles of social justice practice.
  3. Our students learn to become reflective mental health counseling practitioners who will help diverse clients in a compassionate and effective manner within a variety of mental health service settings.
  4. Those that successfully complete our program will meet New York State's educational requirements to take the licensing exam in mental health counseling.


Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 15 to 27
Time to completion Varies by student plan of study
Course delivery Online
Experiential contact hours 600 clock hours (see program requirements)
Application deadline The application is CLOSED for the 2024 - 2025 academic year.

The Value of an Advanced Certificate

In today’s dynamic professional environment, continuous self-improvement is essential for career success. Advancements, competition and evolving landscapes require professionals to maintain current, industry-relevant knowledge, skills, and competencies. Advanced certificates can complement completed degrees or serve as standalone credentials. Regardless of your chosen path, an advanced certificate offers additional knowledge and opportunities to refine professional skills, facilitating career advancement. They offer a flexible, accessible and cost-effective educational route to pursue career goals and remain competitive.

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