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Why Choose Saint Rose for Psychology BS/MSED in Counseling?

A strong sense of purpose. Of urgency. Of responsibility for what you see happening in the world. These traits, plus an incredible work ethic and drive, are what make you a candidate for our accelerated 3 + 2 dual degree program. For exceptional candidates, the Saint Rose program is designed to get you into practice—and saving the world—sooner.

The program offers top students a unique opportunity to complete two degrees in five years, instead of the traditional six: your bachelor’s degree in three years and your master’s in two. You’ll get all the same benefits—comprehensive coursework; intimate class environment; award-winning faculty, all practitioners as well as professors; and intensive, real-world internships—but on the fast-track.

What’s more, there’s never been a better time for it: the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics reports very high (19%) job growth in Mental Health Counseling through at least 2024, especially in applied clinical areas like those dealing with the elderly. The World Health Organization has declared the worldwide shortage of mental health practitioners a global health problem. In the state of New York alone, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts that almost 200,000 people over 65 will need mental health counseling between now and 2030.

Program Highlights

  • Complete your dual degree—including a concentration in Clinical and Counseling Psychology—in five years, vs. six
  • Graduates are immediately qualified to take the NY State licensing exam to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Average class size is 25 or fewer, with no more than 12 in graduate clinical courses
  • Small classes mean one-on-one access to faculty—they’ll know your name and become your mentors
  • Internships—both undergrad and graduate—are diverse, rigorous and focused
  • As an undergraduate, you’ll also have extensive research opportunities—our top students regularly receive regional and national awards for their work

Course Requirements, Faculty, and Learning Objectives


  • Knowledge base in Psychology;
  • Scientific inquiry and critical thinking;
  • Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world;
  • Communication;
  • Professional development.

Candidates in professional education programs at The College of Saint Rose will:

  • Acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions of disciplines relevant to candidates’ projected educational or clinical roles.
  • Apply principles and theories of lifespan human development and learning in all of its diversity to education, service learning and clinical practice, and demonstrate a capacity and disposition to continuously update that knowledge and, therefore, practice according to the best emerging research in the field.
  • Plan and implement practice that is rigorous, comprehensive, inclusive, creative and motivating, inviting students’ analytical skills and promoting their dispositions to be lifelong learners.
  • Ensure that evaluation and decision-making are data-driven, multi-faceted, collaborative and recursive, and align instructional/clinical goals, practice, assessments, and standards.
  • Develop and demonstrate personal and professional values that foster the highest ethical standards of the profession; intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness; understanding and responsiveness to multiple social and global perspectives; and collegiality and collaboration among partners in the educational or clinical process that involve children, families, community members, and other professionals.
  • Promote optimal learning opportunities and environments for all individuals in the context of their experiential, cultural, and/or racial/ethnic backgrounds, including, but not limited to learners who are speakers of non-English languages, or who are gifted, have disabilities, are educationally challenged or who have different interests, ambitions or sexual orientations.
  • Demonstrate in their practice that oral and written language is a functional, as well as social and artistic tool, for communication and thought, and as such reflect the multiple literacies of local, national and global cultures.
  • Integrate a variety of technological methods and programs to enhance pupil learning and practitioner effectiveness, facilitate candidates’ acquisition of technological skills, and their dispositions to use them.

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