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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Advanced Certificate

Counselor Education


Students who have completed a CACREP master’s degree in another counseling specialization, such as school counseling, can earn an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). The Advanced Certificate in CMHC is 24-credit hours and is typically completed in one year, fulltime on the Queens campus. Within the 24-credits, students are required complete two 300-hour internships in clinical settings during the summer and fall. The program meets New York state education requirements for the license in Mental Health Counseling, when combined with a CACREP master’s degree. Graduates of non-CACREP counseling master’s programs may be required to complete additional courses. Master’s degrees in non-counseling fields such as psychology or social work are not eligible for the Advanced Certificate. Advanced Certificate students start in the spring semester (January) only. 

Advanced Certificate applications in counseling are available for Spring Only, Masters admission in counseling is Fall only.

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Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information.

  • Completed master’s degree from a CACREP Counseling program
  • Completed application
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcripts showing a B (3.0 GPA) or better average
  • Essay
  • Two reference letters

The School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission
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