The Master of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a 60 credit program intended to prepare licensed professional counselors to address the clinical needs of children, adolescents and adults in a variety of mental health and community settings. The College of Saint Rose also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Students entering the MS program are trained in providing psychotherapy to individuals, families and groups from diverse backgrounds. An emphasis is placed on the application of theory to direct practice.

The MS program is registered as meeting the academic and internship requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York State.


Program Overview - Master of Science in Education

About Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

Students develop competence in clinical mental health counseling approaches through course work in mental health counseling interventions, assessment and appraisal, case management and consultation, family violence, disaster/crisis/trauma-informed counseling, social and cross-cultural counseling methods, and internships in a mental health or community agency setting. The internships in mental health counseling provide students with opportunities to develop clinical skills to be effective mental health practitioners. Electives may be taken in child, adolescent or adult development, school or college counseling, special education, or any special topics courses in counseling.

This 60 credit program includes 24 credits of core counseling coursework, 33 credits of specialized mental health counseling coursework, and 3 credits of electives. Included in the specialized coursework is a 100 hour practicum and a 600 hour year long internship in clinical mental health counseling with a
licensed mental health professional.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of application for graduate study.
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree. (Minimum of 9 credits of Psychology beyond Introduction to Psychology; these classes may be completed after acceptance into the degree program).
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one which addresses character and your potential to work in the field of counseling, and one that address your ability to complete graduate level work (written by a professional qualified to make this assessment).
  • Essay discussing your objectives and motivation for pursuing a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling along with how the degree will meet your professional development plans.
  • Resume demonstrating work experience and volunteer experience in the field.
  • Attendance at an Admissions Workshop.
  • As part of the admissions procedure, each student is required to attend a two-hour Admissions Workshop. The goal of the workshop is to give each prospective student the opportunity to acquire more information about the program. It also allows The College of Saint Rose to gather any additional information that can help us in making our decision for admission to the program.The admissions workshop is conducted by full-time College of Saint Rose faculty members. The 2 hour workshop includes a panel of students currently in the programs to answer questions from a student perspective, brief (5-10 minute) interviews with a faculty member, and an overview of program requirements.

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For more information contact Dr. Claudia Lingertat-Putnam, Department Chair

Required Core Courses


  • Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Research in Counseling
  • Clinical Counseling Skills
  • Tests, Measurements, and Appraisal
  •  Issues in Lifespan Development in Counseling
  • Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
  •   Dynamics of Group Counseling
  • Career Development Theory

Students complete a qualifying examination in foundational areas prior to internship. Students also have the option of completing a thesis.

For more detailed course descriptions, please visit the Graduate Catalog.

Required Courses in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

  • Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in Mental Health Counseling
  • Disaster, Crisis and Trauma-Informed Counseling
  • Family Violence Family Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Consultation and Organizational Change
  • Psychopathology
  • Clinical Interventions with Children & Adolescents in Counseling
  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling  Internship II

Graduate Assistantship Program

Approximately 120 graduate assistantship (GA) positions are sponsored by The College of Saint Rose each academic year in an effort to provide qualified graduate students with opportunities to augment their educational experiences with meaningful professional activities through engagement with faculty and/or administrators. The selection process is competitively-based and may include an interview.

Possible Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate assistant positions will be open for application by the end of April. The positions will now be posted on the College’s electronic job board, eCareerCenter. If you have any questions about the new process, please contact Alicia Audino at Check back shortly for updates!

New students will receive instructions shortly after they have been accepted to the College.  

Returning Graduate Assistants will receive instructions for reapplication during the Spring 2016 semester.