Mental Health Counseling, MS

Our on-campus master's program in mental health counseling focuses on the development of counseling knowledge and skills, supported by research and other empirical evidence. After completing this program, you will meet the requirements for being license-eligible as a mental health counselor in New York State. Our program is based on a philosophy that emphasizes personal and professional growth, respect for human diversity, multicultural competence, social justice, client strengths and ethical responsibility. The MS in mental health counseling at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of February 2018 through February 2028.

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Why Mental Health Counseling at UB?

In our program you will:

  • understand the nature, development and treatment of various forms of mental health related problems
  • gain the knowledge and skills needed to utilize and evaluate evidence-supported practices
  • develop the counseling, assessment and consultation skills necessary for professional practice 
  • be capable of distinguishing between typical developmental issues from psychopathology and promoting strengths
  • be provided the opportunities to exhibit multicultural awareness, knowledge, skills and principles of social justice practice

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Science (MS)
Credits required for completion 60
Time to completion 4 full-time semesters plus summer or 5 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus

Mental health career settings include:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental health centers
  • State government agencies
  • Substance abuse treatment facilities
Experiential contact hours 600
Application deadline Fall: Feb. 1

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Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus