Master of Science in Counseling
Mercy College

Program Details

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.


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.

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Geographic Restrictions

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