Mental Health Counseling (MA)

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Why Mental Health Counseling?

Become a compassionate and skilled counselor to help others struggling with mental health issues. As our society places more of a focus on mental health and well-being, professional counselors are in high demand.

Why Study Mental Health Counseling at Iona?

You will learn from faculty members who are leaders in the mental health field. You will also benefit from their relevant industry connections which will help you obtain internships and job placements.

Our program provides evening classes, which provides flexibility so that you can manage work life and family life while still earning your degree.

What You'll Learn

You will learn how to conduct professional counseling, psychotherapy and mental health assessments on diverse individuals and groups. You will gain skills in multiple models of treatment and assessment to be used on a variety of individuals.

As part of the clinical training experience, you are required to complete a 600-hour clinical internship at a mental health site or facility. Our students have recently completed their clinical internships at: New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, St. Vincent's Hospital and the Mental Health Association of Westchester.

Upon graduation from our program, students become eligible for licensure in New York and other states.

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Application Requirements

Two letters of recommendation are required if your GPA is below 3.0. If your overall GPA is 3.0 or higher, you may submit one letter of recommendation, but it must be from an academic reference. At least six credits of psychology courses in quantitative research methods and experimental research methods with a B or higher.

Program Highlights

Outstanding Fieldwork Opportunities

Our location just 20 miles north of midtown Manhattan provides coveted internship and career opportunities. Iona College students have been hired by organizations in the NY metropolitan area as well as Westchester and Fairfield counties, often after completing internships in a wide variety of areas.

Advanced Research

You will develop your analytical and communication skills through many exciting opportunities to pursue research projects in the field. Our students regularly engage in original research and present their findings at local, regional, and national conferences.

Faculty Support

Our faculty are practicing professionals who will assist you in gaining clinical internship positions, which could lead to a job placement. Getting rich clinical training and supervision is the standard for our students!

Jillian Cea

The small class sizes have given me the opportunity to have a hands-on experience in counseling. I have learned how to employ different therapeutic techniques by practicing in class with professors and students!

Jillian Cea '21MA

Careers & Outcomes

In a world that is becoming more aware of the effects and importance of mental health, you can use your graduate degree to earn top jobs and improve the lives of everyday people. 

Job Titles

  • Program Director
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Client Care Coordinator
  • Health Educator

Our Graduates Have Worked At:

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New York Presbyterian Hospital logo
The National Center for Children and Families Logo.
The Mental Health Association of Westchester logo
Albert Einstein College of Medecine Logo.