Mental Health Counseling Program Requirements

It is expected that you will have already completed undergraduate coursework in Abnormal Psychology. It is recommended that you also have completed courses in Theories of Personality, Research and Statistics, Developmental Psychology, and Tests and Measurement.

M.S. in Mental Health Counseling


Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current Mental Health Counseling program information, including requirements and course descriptions.


Required Courses

  • GMHC 500 - Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (3)
  • GMHC 510 - Counseling Theories and Strategies (3)
  • GMHC 515 - Process of Counseling Clients from Diverse Backgrounds (3)
  • GMHC 520 - Assessment in Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 525 - Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GMHC 530 - Treatment Planning and Intervention (3)
  • GMHC 535 - Group Theory and Process (2)
  • GMHC 536 - Group Activity (1)
  • GMHC 550 - Counseling Practicum (3)
  • GMHC 575 - Research and Program Evaluation (3)
  • GMHC 585 - Biological Foundations of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Interventions (3)
  • GMHC 590 - Assessment & Intervention of Childhood & Adolescent Disorders (3)
  • GMHC 600 - Family and Partner Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 603 - Human Development in Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 610 - Adult Lifestyle and Career Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 620 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 630 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 650 - Counseling Internship (9)
  • GMHC XXX - Elective (3)

Total: 60  credit hours

Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Recommended Progression of Required Courses

For a recommended sequence of courses for full- and part-time students, please refer to the Mental Health Counseling Matrix [pdf].

Certificate of Advanced Study

Required Courses

  • GMHC 500 - Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (3)
  • GMHC 525 - Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GMHC 530 - Treatment Planning and Intervention (3)
  • GMHC 585 - Biological Foundations of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Interventions (3)
  • GMHC 650 - Counseling Internship (9)

Total: 18 credit hours

Suzanne Bader

Suzanne Bader

I chose St. John Fisher College for my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling because it is the most comprehensive program in the Rochester area that offers an array of courses necessary to obtain the clinical background for licensure in this field.

The program at Fisher has given me the confidence to know that I will be successful in the field of Mental Health Counseling. The professors have helped me to identify my own personal strengths that I bring to this field.

As an older student returning to school after many years, I had some concerns about fitting in. I quickly learned that the diversity that individuals bring to the program is valued at St. John Fisher College. The learning process is enhanced because of the unique perspectives of the students.

The Mental Health Counseling Program at St. John Fisher College sets the highest standard to assure that students who receive their Master's Degrees they will be qualified to enter this field with confidence.

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