Mental Health Counseling (MSEd)


Welcome to the Mental Health Counseling (MSEd) program home page. Use this page as a guide to the program from acceptance to graduation.

The Mental Health Counseling program prepares graduates to work as mental health counselors in hospital, agency and community settings as well as in private practice. Students can complete the program part-time or full-time.

Academic Plan


Total Credits

Earn at least 60 credits

Advisors and Faculty

Newly Accepted Students

Program Sequences

Consult the program sequence for a suggested order of courses for the program based on start date. It also includes when to take certification exams and apply for clinical experiences in addition to other important non-course requirements. For technical registration support and troubleshooting, please visit the Register for Classes page.

Hunter College Catalog

To review descriptions of specific courses and academic progress standards for the program along with exit requirements please use the course catalog for the year you were admitted to the program.

Clinical Experiences

Students in the Mental Health Counseling program are required to complete two fieldwork experiences during their academic program: practicum and internship.


Practicum is a one-semester placement, which may be completed in the fall or spring semester. Practicum requires students to be in the field a minimum of 100 hours per semester (approximately one full day each week). There are two corresponding courses required to register for during the practicum semester.


Upon successful completion of practicum, students are eligible to start internship, their second fieldwork experience during their academic program. Internship is a two-consecutive semester placement, which starts in the fall semester and is completed in the spring semester. Internship requires students to be in the field a minimum of 300 hours per semester (approximately three full days each week). There is one corresponding course required to register for during each internship semester.

Application and Placement

Registration permission is required to register for Practicum and Internship courses. Counseling students are responsible for identifying their placement in collaboration with the fieldwork coordinator. Once placement has been approved, registration permission will be granted.

For the Practicum

Students are required to attend one fieldwork orientation session prior to applying for practicum. Of the two sessions scheduled each semester, students may choose one to attend. At this orientation, students will learn about the fieldwork search process and application process. Students are encouraged to apply from the list of pre-approved fieldwork sites, however are allowed to choose a new site to complete fieldwork, pending all requirements may be met at that new site. The Fieldwork Coordinator must vet all new sites for final approval.

Students may apply for practicum by submitting a complete practicum application by the first Thursday in December or May, the semester prior to starting.

For the Internship

Students must apply for internship submitting a complete internship application by the first Thursday in May, the semester prior to starting.

Certification and Licensure

This program leads to eligibility for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential in New York State. Professional licensure is required to practice mental health counseling.

Students applying for licensure for Mental Health Counseling can upload their required forms to the Out of State Certification and Licensure Form.


Graduation is the official completion of your program and conferral of an academic degree. In order to graduate, students must apply for graduation using CUNYFirst the semester before the semester of their planned graduation and complete any outstanding requirements by the stated deadlines. Visit the Graduation and Commencement page for complete information.

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