The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program at Baruch College prepares its graduates to be professional practitioners in a variety of mental health settings (e.g. clinics, hospitals, counseling centers, outreach programs, and private practice settings). Students graduating from this program will be prepared to be generalists in mental health counseling with a focus on the area of health and well-being counseling.

The program provides students with a comprehensive background that emphasizes both academic coursework and supervised clinical internship training. This 60 credit master’s program operates on a cohort model whereby all students complete the same program of study. Enrollment is offered on a full-time basis only, and the program is designed in a lock-step sequence where courses taken each semester are outlined in advance.

The MHC Program is designed specifically to address the needs of those training for the mental health counseling license. When graduating from the program students are prepared for practice in a variety of settings with diverse populations. The program is approved by the New York State Education Department and meets all of the NYSED standards. After 3000 hours of supervised post-degree experience, a graduate of this program would be eligible to take an exam for licensure.


Courses in Specialization (60 credits) 


PSY 9811

Foundations of Mental Health Counseling           3 credits

PSY 9812

Clinical Health Psychology3 credits

PSY 9813

Clinical Instructions3 credits

PSY 9814

Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Counselors3 credits

PSY 9815

Psychosocial and Cultural Foundations of Counseling3 credits

PSY 9816

Addiction and Dependency3 credits

PSY 9817

Counseling and Group Process3 credits 

PSY 9818

Practicum/Experiential 3 credits 

PSY 9819

Psychopathology 3 credits

PSY 9820

Life Span Development         3 credits 

PSY 9821

Cognitive and Behavioral Approaches in Counseling3 credits 

PSY 9823

Career Counseling1.5 credits 

PSY 9824

Assessment 1.5 credits 

PSY 9825

Coping with Grief and Trauma3 credits 

PSY 9826

Assessment and Treatment of Obesity and Eating Disorders3 credits
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology3 credits
Theories of Counseling3 credits

PSY 9830

Mental Health Counseling Internship I6 credits

PSY 9831

Mental Health Counseling Internship II 6 credits 

PSY 9922

Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling3 credits