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Master of Arts: Mental Health Counseling

The degree is designed to provide students with the educational preparation to qualify as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. The degree requires a total of 60 hours of graduate studies in counseling.

As part of a specialization track within matriculated studies in the MA in Mental Health Counseling curriculum, students can select to complete the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services' (OASAS) educational requirements for the Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC). Graduates of the curriculum would then need to complete the 2,000 hours of supervised work experience in the field.  This curriculum prepares students to work with individuals, families, groups, and the community at large in a variety of settings and serves as the educational component for the CASAC credential.


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to Hofstra University's MA in Mental Health Counseling.