Program Overview

The Master of Science in Counseling at Mercy College is ideal for individuals interested in working as a school counselor or who wish to become counselors in private and public agencies. Those who wish to work in school settings will receive New York state certification only. Upon completion of degree requirements, students have the potential to be eligible for provisional certification as a school counselor. Additionally, students are adequately prepared to take the professional licensing examination.

Mercy College offers the following specializations for the M.S in Counseling:

  • School Counseling and a Bilingual Extension
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Retirement Counseling

The program encompasses all aspects of school counseling including: counseling applications, multicultural perspectives in counseling, research methodology, group counseling and career development.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Two professional letters of recommendation on letterhead. A two to three page essay on the applicant's reason(s) for becoming a school counselor. A resume. In-person essay on assigned topic may be required depending on qualifications.

    A two-week residency is required.


    Graduates who wish to counsel in the school systems are only certified for New York public/private schools.

    School Overview

    Mercy College is a four-year private school located in Dobbs Fairy, New York. Mercy College was established in 1950 by the Sister of Mercy. The school only admitted women until 1967, when the institution began to accept men.

    Mercy College offers certificates of completion associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in over 90 programs. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Online courses offer flexible class schedules for students who may have extra responsibilities. Mercy College students have the opportunity to take one or all of their courses online through the more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered. Undergraduate academic programs include:

    • School of Business
    • School of Education
    • School of Health and Natural Sciences
    • School of Liberal Arts
    • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


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