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MA, Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness

Prepare for a career as a professional clinical counselor in a broad spectrum of settings, including community agencies, mental health centers, hospitals, integrated behavioral health centers, and substance abuse treatment centers. This degree is ideal for those interested in improving people’s lives on an individual level within a variety of contexts.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness

Professional Licensure or Certification
Full-time or Part-time
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This degree offers an online option.


We are committed to generating, advancing, and disseminating knowledge related to all aspects of research and practice in counseling. We teach our students to understand people across the lifespan in cultural contexts, promote equity and social justice in our work, and help all people craft lives of wellness, health, and meaning.

You will gain the skills to:

  • Form helping counseling relationships and demonstrate a commitment to the growth and development of your clients
  • Apply counseling skills such as assessment, case conceptualization, practice, and advocacy
  • Assess clients within various socio-historical contexts with attention to issues of power and privilege – including gender, race and ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and ability/disability

This MA combines core courses and content electives with counseling labs and internships. You’ll study counseling foundations, theory and process, ethical issues, group dynamics, cross-cultural counseling, abnormal psychology, and human growth and development, then apply your knowledge within your internship placement.

Elective courses focus on applied content areas such as bereavement counseling, career counseling, marriage and family counseling, and addiction counseling, as well as on counseling special populations such as LGBT people, women, people with disabilities, and individuals with addiction disorders.

You’ll be prepared for a fulfilling career in:

  • Community mental health programs
  • College counseling centers
  • Trauma-focused programs
  • HIV and AIDS outreach programs
  • Substance abuse treatment centers

The MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness is accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of January 2015 through January 2025. Learn more about our MPCAC accreditation. Graduates meet the academic requirements for New York State licensure.

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension visit NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.