Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Program Requirements

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program requires 60 credits. Most students complete the program full-time in 2 years (including summer), although careful planning with an advisor can allow for part-time study while working, although the program must be completed within 7 years. Classes are usually offered in the afternoons and evenings to work around practicums, internships, and other employment.

Students will take courses in various forms and venues of counseling, as well as studying foundations of counseling, ethics, theories, and applications. Unique coursework underlines the program’s commitment to multiculturalism and social justice. Other coursework areas include:

  • Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • Family Systems and Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Life-Span Human Development
  • Psychodiagnosis, Treatment, and Psychopharmacology
  • Group Work in Counseling

Students will complete at least 700 hours of supervised clinical experiences in a community setting as a part of this program, including 100 hours in a practicum experience and 600 hours on internships. We have strong relationships with partners across Central New York where students are placed, including:

  • Helio Health
  • Liberty Resources
  • VA Medical Center
  • Family Counseling Services
  • Barnes Center at the Arch (SU Counseling Center)
  • Restore & Renew Therapy Services
  • Crouse Addiction Treatment Services
  • SUNY ESF Counseling Center
  • Cayuga Counseling Center
  • SUNY Oswego Counseling Center
  • Colgate College Counseling Center
  • Hamilton College Counseling Center
  • FamilyCare Medical Group (behavioral services)

Students will also complete a master’s exam, thesis, or special project as their culminating degree experience. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.