School Counseling & Mental Health Counseling



Qualify as a licensed mental health counselor in New York State with the CACREP-accredited Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health Counseling. Quality for initial certification as a school counselor in New York State through our Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in School Counseling. You may also earn advanced certificates in Addiction and Substance Abuse and in Mental Health Counseling.

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Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admission team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at, or call 516-463-4723.

To be considered for graduate programs in school counseling or mental health counseling at Hofstra University, you must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (preferably with a major in psychology, the behavior sciences, and/or human services). Personal experience in counseling or growth-oriented processes are desired. The Adv. Cert. in Mental Health Counseling is designed for practicing counselors who are master's prepared. The Adv. Cert. in Substance Abuse Counseling can be completed alongside select graduate programs or as a stand-alone program, post-baccalaureate or post-master's.

The following prerequisites are required for master's level study in MSED School Counselor, MA Mental Health Counseling, and Adv. Certificate in Addiction and Substance Abuse:

  • Child psychology
  • Adolescent psychology
  • Personality theory or abnormal psychology
  • Three additional courses in psychology and behavioral sciences (MA in Mental Health Counseling only requires these prerequisites).

Start your application online where you can upload the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. You may initially submit unofficial copies of your transcripts for your application review, but official transcripts will be required once you are accepted into the program.
  • Three letters of recommendation (two letters required for Adv Cert in Mental Health Counseling)
  • Personal essay describing your professional intent and pertinent background. (not required by Adv Cert in Mental Health Counseling)
  • Admission interview with the program director and/or faculty representative. A writing sample also may be required on-site.
  • Writing sample may be required at time of admission interview.

If you are a current Hofstra student interested in pursuing undergraduate/graduate joint programs please contact

Visit the School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling program page to learn more.

International students: Please review additional admission requirements.*

*Students who require an F-I visa are able to apply for and enroll in the MA in Mental Health Counseling 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 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.

MA in Mental Health Counseling

Prepare for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State with the 60-credit MA in Mental Health Counseling. This MA program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling

Accelerate your path to licensure with the 21-credit Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling. This is designed primarily for those who hold a master’s degree in counseling.

MSEd in School Counseling

The 48-credit MSEd in School Counseling is designed to provide students with the educational preparation to qualify for initial certification as a school counselor (K-12) in New York State.

Advanced Certificate in Addiction and Substance Abuse

The Advanced Certificate in Addiction and Substance Abuse allows you 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) designation.

Visit the program pages to learn more.

Faculty Profiles

Genevieve Weber, PhD, LMHC

Dr. Genevieve Weber, Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Graduate Counseling Programs, talks about the CACREP-accredited MA in Mental Health Counseling program.

Meet Dr. Weber

Daniel Sciarra, PhD, LMHC, NCC

Dr. Daniel Sciarra, Professor in Hofstra University's Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions, specializes in working with Latino children, adolescents, and families. He has written numerous articles, book chapters, and books on the subject of multicultural counseling.

Meet Dr. Sciarra
Genevieve Weber, PhD, LMHC
Daniel Sciarra, PhD, LMHC, NCC

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at