Take the next big step in your education and your career with a graduate degree in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling from Hofstra University. Our programs mix traditional study with hands-on experiential learning, so you get to apply what you learn in the classroom in a real-life setting. Qualify for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State with the CACREP-accredited MA in Mental Health Counseling. Become qualified for your initial certification as a school counselor with the MSEd in School Counseling. You can also earn advanced certificates in Addiction and Substance Abuse and in Mental Health Counseling. Dual degree programs are available so you can earn both your undergraduate and graduate degree in just 5-6 years.
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.
Counseling Student Earns National Fellowship
A first-year mental health counseling graduate student, Victoria Bangaree ‘23, has been selected to take part in the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program.
MA IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING ‘19
While in the Mental Health Counseling program, I feel as though I was provided with the best education possible. All the professors shared their personal experiences in the field as well as always made time to meet to discuss my future plans and further explore my passions, interests, and ideas.
Career Potential for Counseling Degrees
Gain the hands-on skills and knowledge to start a rewarding career as a mental health counselor, substance abuse counselor, or school counselor. Now is the best time to join the counseling field with fast-growing increases in employment opportunities.
- There has been a 23% increase in employment for mental health counselors and substance abuse counselors, and an 11% increase in employment for school and career counselors and career counselors from 2020 to 2023 – faster than average for all occupations in coming years (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- The U.S. News and World Report ranked school counselors, mental health counselors, and substance abuse counselors among the "Best Social Service Jobs for 2021"
Engaging Student Experience
Make the most of your time at Hofstra with field-related student organizations, one-on-one mentorships with faculty, and professional opportunities at the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic.
How to Apply to Counseling Programs
Learn more about how to apply, admission requirements, program types, internship opportunities, scholarships, and financial aid.