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Graduate Counseling Programs

Counseling and Mental Health Counseling Graduate Programs

Hofstra University's graduate programs in counseling are offered by the Long Island, New York campus.

The MSED in Counseling program offers two focus options: School Counseling (formerly known as guidance counseling) and College Student Development Counseling.   The school counseling focus prepares graduate students for professional practice as school counselors in schools, K-12, and qualifies students school counseling certification in New York State.  The College Student Development Counseling focus prepares graduates to work in various counseling, advisement, and student affairs positions on the college and university level

The MA in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) is designed to provide students with the educational preparation to qualify as a licensed mental health counselor in the New York state.  MHC's practice in a variety of settings, including private practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, government and not-for-profit organizations, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, employee assistance programs and substance abuse and rehabilitative centers.

Both programs offer the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling focus which allows students to complete the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services' (OASAS) educational requirements for the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). This track prepares students to work with individuals, families, and groups in myriad settings focusing on mental health, substance abuse, and alcohol and drug counseling. Graduates who take advantage of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling focus are eligible to register for the CASAC designation and thus qualify for the clinical experience component of the certification.

Significant Career Growth and Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates a 23% increase in employment of Mental Health Counselors and Substance Abuse Counselors from 2016 to 2026 - much faster than the average for all occupations in coming years.  O*Net lists employment for Mental Health Counselors and Substance Abuse Counselors as having a Bright Outlook. The U.S. News and World Report ranked Mental Health CounselorsSchool Counselors, and Substance Abuse Counselors among the "Best Social Service Jobs for 2017."


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 the Mental Health Counseling (MA) program at Hofstra University.