Program Requirements

The 60-credit MA program offers theoretical and applied principles of psychological counseling.

Typical program for students beginning in Fall 2019

Required Core Courses: 42 credits

  • PSM 6515 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6405 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • PSM 6120 Basic Principles of Counseling
  • PSM 6815 Psychopathology: Child, Adolescent & Adult
  • PSM 6461 Principles in Group Therapy
  • PSM 6503  Lifestyle and Career Development
  • PSM 6225 Appraisal of Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups
  • PSM 6430 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation
  • PSM 6371 Ethics & Issues in Professional Practice (includes New York State required Syllabus on Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment)
  • PSM 6181 MHC: Multicultural and Diversity Issues
  • PSM 6500 Advanced Issues in Mental Health Counseling
  • PSM 6191 Concepts and Techniques in Mental Health Counseling (Clinical Instruction)
  • PSM 6943 Supervised Field Placement I - 1.5 credits (includes group supervision requirement)
  • PSM 6944 Supervised Field Placement II -1.5 credits (includes group supervision requirement)
  • PSM 6946 Supervised Field Placement III - 1.5 credits (includes Proseminar on Professional Identity Development and Comprehensive Exam- Part I)
  • PSM 6947 Supervised Field Placement IV - 1.5 credits (total supervised hours must meet minimum of 600 hours; Comprehensive Exam- Part II)

Other Required Courses: 12 credits

  • PSM 6193 Counseling Skills Development
  • PSM 6816 Advanced Issues in Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • PSM 6945 Counseling Practicum
  • PSM 6483 Substance Abuse and Treatment 

Elective and Specialized Courses: 6 credits

Choose a minimum of two from the following additional coursework acceptable upon approval of the program director.

  • PSM 6100 Neuropsychology Basic Principles
  • PSM 6622 Counseling in Public Settings
  • PSM 6485 Crisis Counseling
  • PSM 6170 Sexuality and Gender Counseling
  • PSM 6510 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Principles for Counseling
  • PSM 6194 Principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Counseling
  • PSM 6440 Couples and Family Counseling
  • PSM 6450 Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • PSM 6484 Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counseling
  • PSM 6182 Attachment Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6195 The Resilient Counselor
  • PSA 6601 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSH 6930 Physiological Psychology
  • PSA 6071 Psychopharmacology

MHC Concentrations (optional): 9 credits

Must take three courses in an area of specialization and successfully complete field placement hours in the same specialized area.

Addictions Counseling

  • Substance Abuse and Treatment 
  • Treatment and Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Practicum in Integrated Recovery and Treatment Evaluation Methodologies

Couples and Family Counseling

  • Couples and Family Counseling
  • Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • Practicum in Assessment, Intervention and Ethical Issues in Couples and Family Counseling

Multicultural Counseling

  • Sexuality and Gender Counseling
  • Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege in Counseling
  • Practicum in Multicultural Counseling in Community Agencies