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Counseling for Mental Health is an online and on-campus program. NYU is authorized pursuant to SARA to enroll students in online programs in the SARA states and territories. For further details regarding NYU's SARA membership please visit the NYU State Authorization website. SARA requires universities to disclose to applicants and students whether programs that lead to professional licensure meet the educational requirements for licensure in the student’s state.   

Note, state regulations change frequently, and the information posted here may have changed at the time of your specific application to or enrollment in our program of study. Please email the program if you have specific questions about whether our program meets licensure requirements in a specific state.

Please see the table below for license eligibility by state. In addition to what is listed below, most states require that candidates pass the National Counseling Exam (NCE), the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) or CRCC.

 

State State License Contact Info Meets the Academic Requirements for State Licensure? Additional Information
Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling Yes  
Alaska Board of Professional Counselors Yes  
Arizona Arizona Department of Education Yes  
Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling & MFT

No

Other Curriculum Requirements:
Arkansas requires a 1-credit Use of Technology course. NYU does not offer such a course.  
Other Licensure Requirements:
Arkansas requires that classes be completed in a residential setting. Online students cannot meet this requirement. At this time, NYU is not recruiting students from Arkansas for the online program.
California Board of Behavioral Sciences

No

Other Curriculum Requirements:
California requires a 3-credit psychopharmacology course. NYU does not offer such a course. California allows for missing core content areas to be remediated post-graduation, which may be at additional cost to the candidate.
Colorado State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners Yes Other Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must obtain a content equivalency evaluation and report from the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE). Additional cost for this may be required.
Connecticut Department of Public Health Yes  
Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals Yes  
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling No Other Curriculum Requirements:
Applicants must complete a Counseling in Community Settings course and a human sexuality course, neither of which we offer at NYU. Beginning in 2025, candidates must have a master's degree from a program that is accredited by CACREP. NYU is not accredited by CACREP.
Georgia Board of Prof. Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists Yes  
Hawaii Dept. of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Professional and Vocational Licensing Yes with certain specifications Other Curriculum Requirements:
Hawaii requires 300 hours of supervised client contact. NYU requires 280 hours. We can work with the candidate to get the additional hours.
Idaho Board Of Professional Counselor And Marriage And Family Therapists Yes with certain specifications Other Curriculum Requirements:
Idaho requires at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical experience. NYU only offers 700 hours, but we can work with the candidate to get the additional hours.
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Yes with certain specifications Other Curriculum Requirements:
Illinois requires a susbtance abuse course (APSY-GE 2691: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment) and a family dynamics course (APSY-GE 2684 Marriage and Family). These can be taken as electives without additional time or cost.
Indiana Behavioral Health And Human Services Licensing Board No

Other Curriculum Requirements:

Applicant must complete a 100 hour practicum; a 600 hour internship and a 300 hour advanced internship. NYU does not offer an advanced internship.

Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Yes Other Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must obtain a content equivalency evaluation and report from the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE). Additional cost for this may be required.
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board Yes

Other Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must fill out academic background form and practicum review if they complete a program that is not accredited by CACREP. NYU accredited by MPCAC.

Kentucky Board of Professional Counselors No

Other Licensure Requirements:
Kentucky requires CACREP programmatic accreditation for licensure. NYU is not accredited by CACREP.

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners Yes  
Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure Yes Additional Curricular Requirements: Maine requires that candidates complete coursework in three of the following areas: Lifestyle and Career Development, Marriage and Family, Human Sexuality, Supervision, Consultation, Crisis Intervention, Addictive Disorders, and Treatment Modalities. APSY-GE 2634 Dynamics of Vocational Development is required for students in our program and fulfill's the Lifestyle and Career Development requirement. NYU offers a number of courses that can fulfill these requirements: APSY-GE 2008: Sexual Decision-Making and Risk-Taking in Adolescence, APSY-GE: 2500 Trauma: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives, APSY-GE 2684: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, APSY-GE 2025: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Theory and Application, APSY-GE 2691: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. Maine also requires 900 hours, and a minimum of 360 direct hours. Candidate can work with internship coordinator to find an internship that will supply the additional hours for licensure.
Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists Yes with certain specifications Additional Curricular Requirements:
Maryland requires courses in alcohol and drugs (APSY-GE 2691: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment) and in psychotherapy and treatment of mental and emotional disorders (APSY-GE 2025: Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Theory and Application). These can be taken as electives without further time or cost.
Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must pass the Maryland law exam.
Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Professions Yes with certain specifications Additional Curricular Requirements:
Massachusetts requires specific amounts of group and individual supervision hours. NYU can work with the student to track these hours.
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Yes Additional Licensure Requirements:
Michigan requires applicants for licensure to complete training in identifying victims of human trafficking. Students may satisfy this requirement by taking the elective course APSY-GE 2500 – Trauma: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives or through a teleconference or webinar, online presentation, live presentation, or printed or electronic media prior to applying for licensure.
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy Yes, with certain specifications Additional Curricular Requirements:
Minnesota requires a course in marriage and/or family counseling therapy (APSY-GE 2684: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling). This can be taken as an elective without further time or cost.
Mississippi Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors Yes with certain specifications Additional Curricular Requirements:
Mississippi requires a course in marriage and/or family counseling therapy (APSY-GE 2684: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling). This can be taken as an elective without further time or cost.
Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors Online: No
Residential: Yes
Other Licensure Requirements:
Missouri requires that online programs be accredited by CACREP. NYU is not accredited by CACREP.
Montana Board of Behavioral Health Yes  
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Yes with certain specifications Additional Curriculum Requirements:
Additional Curriculum Requirements: Nebraska requires 300 clock hours of direct client contact of which 150 clock hours must be face-to-face in a work setting under the supervision of a qualified supervisor. NYU requires 280 hours, but can work with the candidate to get the additional hours.
Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors No Other Licensure Requirements:
Nevada requires CACREP programmatic accreditation for licensure. NYU is not accredited by CACREP.
New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice Yes with certain specifications Additional Curriculum Requirements: New Hampshire requires a course in Addictive behaviors. Candidate can take APSY-GE 2691: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment elective without additional time or cost.
New Jersey Professional Counselor Examiners Committee Yes  
New Mexico New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board Yes  
New York New York State Education Department - Office of the Professions Yes  
North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors No Other Licensure Requirements:
North Carolina requires CACREP programmatic accreditation for licensure. NYU is not accredited by CACREP.
North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners Yes  
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board No Additional Curricular Requirements:
Ohio requires separate courses in the evaluation, diagnosis, methods of intervention and prevention, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. NYU does not offer these separate courses as part of our curriculum. Students must take these courses after graduation, which may require additional cost.
Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Yes with certain specifications Additional Curricular Requirements: 
Oklahoma requires 5 Elective Courses in special areas. Candidates must take the following courses as required or electives to meet these specifications: Group Dynamics (NYU requires APSY-GE 2620: Group Dynamics: Theory and Practice); Life style and career development (NYU requires APSY-GE 2634: Dynamics of Vocational Development); Social and cultural foundations (NYU requires APSY-GE 2682: Cross-Cultural Counseling); Addictions Counseling (NYU elective APSY-GE 2691: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment); and Marriage/family counseling (NYU elective APSY-GE 2684: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling).
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists Yes  
Pennsylvania State Board Of Social Workers, Marriage And Family Therapists And Professional Counselors Yes  
Rhode Island Department of Health - Marriage, Family and Mental Health Therapy No Other Licensure Requirements: Rhode Island requires CACREP programmatic accreditation for licensure. NYU is not accredited by CACREP.
South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists

Yes with certain specifications

 

Additional Curricular Requirements:
Candidates must take a psychopathology or diagnostics of psychopathology course. APSY-GE 2038 Abnormal Psychology may meet this requirement. South Carolina allows students to remediate missing courses post-graduation prior to obtaining licensure.
South Dakota Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners Yes  
Tennessee Board for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapists No Additional Curricular Requirements:
NYU does not offer a separate Use of The DSM course, which is required for licensure. Tennessee permits candidates to remediate missing courses post-graduation. 
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors No Additional Curricular Requirements:
Texas requires a course in psychpathology. NYU does not offer this course. Texas permits candidates to remediate missing courses post-graduation.
Utah Dept. of Commerce - Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing No Additional Curricular Requirements:
NYU does not offer coursework in mental status examination and the appraisal of DSM maladaptive and psychopathological behavior, which Utah requires.


 
Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health Yes with certain specifications

Additional Curricular Requirements:
Vermont requires a treatment modality course as part of its core requirements. APSY-GE 2025: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Theory and Application meets this requirement. Vermont requires two courses, which can be taken as electives without further time or cost: APSY-GE 2691 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment and APSY-GE 2684 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling.

Virginia Board of Counseling Yes with certain specifications Additional Curricular Requirements:
Virginia requires two courses, which can be taken as electives without further time or cost: APSY-GE 2691 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment and APSY-GE 2684 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling.
Washington Department of Health Yes  
West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling Yes with certain specifications Additional Curricular Requirements:
West Virginia requires two courses, which can be taken as electives without further time or cost: APSY-GE 2691 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment and APSY-GE 2684 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling.
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services No Additional Curricular Requirements:
Wisconsin requires a course in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. NYU does not offer this course. Wisconsin may allow candidates to remediate missing courses post-graduation.
Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board Yes   
U.S. Territories:
American Samoa   No  
District of Columbia Board of Professional Counseling Yes with certain specifications Additional Curricular Requirements:
District of Columbia requires a course (APSY-GE 2684: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling) which can be taken as an elective without further time or cost.
Guam Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners No  
Northern Mariana Islands CNMI Board of Professional Licensing and the Health Care Professions Licensing Board No  
Puerto Rico Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors No  
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs No