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Online MA, Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness

Admissions standards for the online master of arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness programs are the same as the requirements for the on-campus programs.

We look for candidates who are committed to the promotion of equity and social justice, and hold the appropriate education and experience to succeed in our rigorous online counseling programs. In order to apply, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.

For applicants to the master of arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness program, it is helpful to have some experience in the mental health field. This can include paid or volunteer experience in settings such as suicide hotlines, psychiatric centers, and crisis centers.

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness



Plan Code





Full-time or Part-time

1. Prepare Your Application

Your Counseling@NYU application will require the following items.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. Be sure to include all relevant work experience, including any part- or full-time work experience or volunteer experiences in clinical settings.

Statement of Purpose

This statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions committee and demonstrate your knowledge and passion for the field. Let us know your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to earning your degree. Specifically, how have your experiences – education, volunteer, and/or work experience – led you to pursue a career in counseling? The statement should be two to three double-spaced pages, and it should explain your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in counseling.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions on submitting letters of recommendation.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

These scores are required only if your native language is not English and you did not receive the equivalent of a four-year US undergraduate degree in which the main language of instruction was English. In order to apply for the program, you must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100.

Please note: All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents living in the United States for the duration of the program. Students living outside of the United States are not eligible for the program at this time.

2. Apply


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After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. 

Nonrefundable Application Fee

A $75 nonrefundable application fee is required upon submission of your application and can be paid using any major credit card. If you submit by the priority deadline, the nonrefundable application fee will be reduced to $45.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email.