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Office: Welcome Center
Phone: (585) 385-8161
Fax: (585) 385-8344
Email: grad@sjfc.edu

Mental Health Counseling Admissions Events

There are no Mental Health Counseling admissions events scheduled at this time. Please contact Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8344 or grad@sjfc.edu for more information about the program.


M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

The M.S. in Mental Health Counseling Program is designed for individuals who want to become a NYS licensed counselor focusing on the treatment of adults and/or children.

This program will prepare you for work in community agencies, clinics, hospitals, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, outpatient mental health programs, residential treatment and rehabilitation settings, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment programs, colleges, and private practice.

The program emphasizes the strengths of individuals and families in order to facilitate recovery and resilience when faced with emotional, mental, or physical challenges.

The program offers two options: M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling.

Program Highlights

  • 60 credit hour program
  • 2 years to complete full-time program
  • 3 1/2 years to complete part-time program
  • Classes are offered late afternoon/evenings
  • Starts in fall semester only
  • Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling

If you already have a master's degree in counseling or a related field, the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling program will build on your educational foundation to help you meet the full educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State.

General Application Requirements

Program-Specific Application Requirements

  • Interview with the Admissions Committee of the Mental Health Counseling Program
  • Life experience relevant to the work of a mental health counselor (such as personal experience, and/or paid or volunteer experience)

*Provide information about yourself, your goals and plans for the future, and reason for graduate study in your chosen field. The personal statement should be approximately 300-500 words in length. You may submit your personal statement electronically to grad@sjfc.edu or mail it to St. John Fisher College, Office of Graduate Admissions.

M.S. in Mental Healh Counseling

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8161 or grad@sjfc.edu.

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