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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 APSY Field Placement Office 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 the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification exam (CRCC).

License eligibility by state
StateState 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 with certain specificationsAdditional Curriculum Requirements: 
AK requires a course in marriage and family counseling (APSY-GE 2684 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling) which students can take as an elective for no additional time or cost.
Arizona

Arizona Department of Education

Yes 
Arkansas

Board of Examiners in Counseling & MFT

No

Additional 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

Additional 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

Yes

Other Curriculum Requirements:
Beginning July 1, 2025, applicants must graduate from a program accredited by CACREP, MPCAC or an equivalent accrediting body which consists of at least 60 semester hours or 80 quarter hours to apply for licensure. NYU is accredited by MPCAC. In addition, applicants must complete a course on counseling in community setting and a course on human sexuality, neither of which NYU offers. Students may take this course at another institution at additional expense.

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

Additional Curriculum Requirements:
Hawaii requires 300 hours of supervised client contact. NYU requires 280 hours. NYU can work with the candidate to get the additional hours.

Idaho

Board Of Professional Counselor And Marriage And Family Therapists

 Yes

 
Illinois

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Yes with certain specifications

Additional Curriculum Requirements:
Illinois requires a substance abuse course (APSY-GE 2691: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment) and a family dynamics course (APSY-GE 2684 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling). Students can take these as electives for no additional time or cost.

Indiana

Behavioral Health And Human Services Licensing Board

No

Additional 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

No

Other Licensure Requirements:
Kansas requires CACREP programmatic accreditation for licensure. NYU is accredited by MPCAC.

Kentucky

Board of Professional Counselors

 No

Other Licensure Requirements:
Kentucky requires CACREP programmatic accreditation for licensure. NYU is accredited by MPCAC.

Louisiana

Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners

 Yes

 
Maine

Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure

 Yes

 

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 acquire and track these hours.

Michigan

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

YesAdditional Licensure Requirements:
Michigan requires applicants for licensure to complete training in identifying victims of human trafficking. Students may satisfy this requirement by taking a teleconference or webinar course, 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), which students can take as an elective for no additional 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), which students can take as an elective for no additional 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 accredited by MPCAC.

Montana

Board of Behavioral Health

Yes 
Nebraska

Department of Health & Human Services

Yes with certain specifications

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

NoAdditional Curriculum Requirements:
NV requires two courses in human development across the lifespan. NYU offers only one course (APSY-GE 2138 Human Growth and Development) that covers the lifespan.
New Hampshire

Board of Mental Health Practice

Yes with certain specificationsAdditional Curriculum Requirements: 
New Hampshire requires a course in addictive behaviors (APSY-GE 2691: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment), which students can take as an elective for no 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 accredited by MPCAC.

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 courses 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 accredited by MPCAC.

South Carolina

Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists

No

 

Additional Curricular Requirements:
Candidates must take a psychopathology and psychopathology diagnostics course. APSY-GE 2038 Abnormal Psychology only meets one of these requirements. South Carolina allows students to remediate missing courses post-graduation prior to obtaining licensure, which may add additional time and expense.

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, which may require additional time and expense. 

Texas

State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

Yes
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. Students may take courses at another institution, which may require additional time and expense. Utah may issue an extern license to an applicant who holds the required master’s or doctoral degree, but is deficient in specific coursework.

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