Mental Health Counseling (MA Degree)

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Why become a Mental Health Counselor?

A Master’s program in Mental Health Counseling offers the training to become a compassionate counselor who helps others struggling with mental illness. As our society places more focus on mental well-being, licensed mental health counselors are in high demand in New York and nationwide.

Why Study Mental Health Counseling at Iona?

Iona University’s Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program establishes the knowledge and skills needed to become a licensed mental health counselor.

Internships and Job Placements

As a counseling student, you have numerous opportunities to learn from expert faculty members who are leaders in the mental health field. You also benefit from their relevant industry connections which help you obtain internships and job placements in the greater New York City community and beyond.

Flexible Evening Classes

Our mental health counseling program utilizes flexible evening classes, offering the opportunity to balance work and family life while earning your master’s degree. This flexibility has the potential to make pursuing your graduate degree more affordable.

NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences

As part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, students in the Mental Health Counseling (MA) program will develop the skills and experience needed for tomorrow’s workforce.

Iona students may have the opportunity to do clinicals and rotations at NewYork-Presbyterian, ranked one of the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report 2022-23.

Align your education with your career goals at the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences and earn a degree of tremendous value for your future.

Application Requirements

Two letters of recommendation are required. At least six credits of psychology courses in quantitative research methods and experimental research methods with a B or higher.

What You'll Learn

Professional Counseling, Psychotherapy and Mental Health Assessments

During the Master’s in Mental Health Counseling program, you learn how to conduct professional counseling, psychotherapy and mental health assessments on diverse individuals and groups. You gain skills in multiple models of treatment and assessment to be used on a variety of individuals.

NCMHCE Preparation

Upon graduation from our mental health counseling program, students are prepared to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and become eligible for mental health counselor licensure in New York and other states.

Clinical Internships

As part of the clinical training experience, you are required to complete a 600-hour clinical internship at a mental health site or facility. Iona counseling 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.

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Living Iona's Mission of Service through Mental Health Counseling

“I have the privilege of directly impacting students’ lives by providing support, guidance and therapeutic interventions that help them navigate challenges, build resilience and thrive academically and emotionally.” - Jessica Cabrera-Guzhnay ’14, ’18MA.

Christina Lanzetta ’17MA recently co-founded her private practice, Counseling Connect Mental Health Counseling, PLLC, while Jessica Cabrera-Guzhnay ’14, ’18MA is currently the senior bilingual mental health clinician at Family Services of Westchester (FSW).

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Christina Lanzetta ’17MA and Jessica Cabrera-Guzhnay ’14, ’18MA

From Left: Christina Lanzetta ’17MA and Jessica Cabrera-Guzhnay ’14, ’18MA

Mental Health Counseling Careers & Outcomes

Strong Projected Job Growth

In a world that is becoming more aware of the importance of mental health and well-being, you can make a difference in the lives of everyday people by pursuing a rewarding career as a counselor. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of mental health counselors and related professions are expected to grow by 18% from 2022-2032, offering ample opportunities for those interested in becoming a counselor.

Job Titles

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

Where Our Graduates Have Worked:

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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

Mental Health Counseling Program Highlights

Outstanding Fieldwork Opportunities

Iona University’s location in New Rochelle, just 20 miles north of midtown Manhattan, provides coveted internship and career opportunities. Often after completing local internships, Iona graduates have been hired by organizations across the New York metropolitan area as well as Westchester and Fairfield counties.

Advanced Research Skills

Our counseling graduate program develops your analytical and communication skills through exciting opportunities to pursue research in the field. Our students regularly engage in original research and present their findings at local, regional and national conferences.

Supportive Faculty

Our faculty are practicing professionals in psychology and counseling who will assist you in gaining clinical internship positions. Experiencing rewarding clinical training and supervision is the standard for our students, preparing them to become skilled mental health counselors.

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Iona’s Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to become licensed mental health counselors. Our graduates begin their careers fully prepared to compassionately care for diverse client populations.

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Tuition and Financial Aid Opportunities

The Mental Health Counseling (MA) degree program costs $1,335 per credit. There is a $275 program fee for the fall, winter and spring semesters, as well as a $100 program fee for summer sessions.

Our Student Financial Services team is here to help you navigate the financial aspects of your educational journey. As you embark on this exciting step in your career, we encourage you to learn more about graduate scholarships that may be available to you and to contact your admissions counselor for more information.

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