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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 42 credit 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. A professional diploma is available for practicing counselors who wish to qualify for other competencies in the counseling field (e.g., for a community counselor to earn qualifying credentials for certification in school counseling).

The 60 credit MA in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) is designed to provide students with the educational preparation to qualify as a licensed mental health counselor in New York state. Mental health counselors work 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. An advanced certificate is available for those who hold a master’s degree in school counseling and wish to pursue further qualifications for licensure as a mental health counselor.

The Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions offers an addiction and substance abuse counseling focus through the Advanced Certificate in Addiction and Substance Abuse, 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 prepares students to work with individuals, families, and groups in myriad settings focusing on mental health, substance abuse, and alcohol and drug counseling. Those who take advantage of this advanced certificate are eligible to register for the CASAC designation and thus qualify for the clinical experience component of the certification. Please note the advanced certificate can be completed within matriculated studies in select graduate programs or can be completed as a stand-alone program, post-baccalaureate or post-master’s.


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.

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 and a 13% increase in employment of School and Career Counselors from 2016 to 2026 - faster than average for all occupations in coming years. O*Net lists employment for School Counselors, Mental Health Counselors and Substance Abuse Counselors as having a Bright Outlook. The U.S. News and World Report ranked School Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, and Substance Abuse Counselors among the "Best Social Service Jobs for 2019."