Mental Health Counseling, AC

Our advanced graduate certificate in mental health counseling focuses on providing you with the necessary skills to transform the lives of your clients and advance your career goals. If you hold a master’s degree in counseling, our program will result in your eligibility to take the New York State licensing exam in mental health counseling. 

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Why Mental Health Counseling at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • emphasis on personal and professional growth, respect for human diversity, multicultural competence, social justice, client strengths, and ethical responsibility
  • demonstrating multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills, and principles of social justice practice
  • developing reflective mental health counseling practitioners who will help diverse clients in a compassionate and effective manner within a variety of mental health service settings

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 15 to 27
Time to completion 2 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus or online
Career opportunities

Mental health career settings include:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental health centers
  • State government agencies
  • Substance abuse treatment facilities
Experiential contact hours 600 clock hours (see program requirements)
Application deadline

April 1, then rolling*


*Please note that applications must be submitted by Monday, June 22, 2020 for fall 2020 consideration.

Program Coursework

Required Courses (12 credits)

CEP 521 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
CEP 541 Human Growth and Development or CEP 615 Legal and Ethical Concerns in Counseling
CEP 586 Assessment in Mental Health Counseling
CEP 695 Psychopathology and Evidenced Based Interventions 

Clinical Experience (18-24 credits)

If you have not completed a minimum of 600 hours of clinical internship experience under a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), or NYSED approved equivalent in a previous program, you are required to complete 12 credits in CEP 600 MH Internship – Mental Health Counseling (minimum of 600 clock hours).

If the internship requirement has been previously met during your master's degree, (i.e., their prior internship meets or exceeds all of the current NYSED guidelines for internships), 6 internship credits may be waived, thus allowing the Certificate to be earned with 18 rather than 24 credits. 

Program Handbook

Application Requirements

Submit your completed online application, which includes:
  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Graduate Record Exam scores are optional. However, if you have already taken the GRE please arrange to have the scores submitted. The institution code is 2925. 
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Academic transcripts: Upload scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including the English translation, if applicable. 
  • Proof of a master's or doctoral degree in a counseling field (or designated equivalent) showing a minimum of 48 graduate credits. Candidates with a relevant prior degree that is a few credits short of the 48-credit requirement will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  
  • Applicants must have previously completed coursework in: counseling theory and practice, social and cultural foundations of counseling, group dynamics, research and program evaluation, consultation, and practicum or internship.
  • Statement of intent regarding why you want to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). Include in this statement how you plan to meet the internship and additional LMHC eligibility requirements. Lastly, describe your work experience in the counseling field.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.