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Mental Health Counseling (MHC), MA

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The preferred application deadline for the fall semester is August 15 and for the spring semester is January 15. All others will be reviewed based on available space.


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 (MHC).

Students who require an F-I visa are able to apply for and enroll in the MA program, however, they will not be able to complete the mandatory 3,000 hours in the field post-graduation within the required 2-year time frame to receive licensure and practice within New York state. Skills learned within the program can be exercised within home countries and in other areas of the US.

The MA in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) is a 60-credit program designed to provide students with the educational preparation to qualify as a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. 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.

The program also offers the opportunity for matriculated 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. Students who take advantage of this focus are eligible to register for the CASAC designation and thus qualify for the clinical experience component of the certification. Alumni of the MHC program or those with a bachelor's or master's degree in another area can also fulfill the educational requirements of the CASAC by completing the Advanced Certificate in Addiction and Substance Abuse.