MPCAC-Accredited Online Master’s Degrees in Counseling from NYU SteinhardtMPCAC-Accredited Online Master’s Degrees in Counseling from NYU SteinhardtMPCAC-Accredited Online Master’s Degrees in Counseling from NYU Steinhardt
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NYU Steinhardt offers two online counseling master’s programs through Counseling@NYU: one in school counseling and one in mental health counseling. These programs are both accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) and equip you with the skills and field training to pursue certification as a counselor in your community.
Full-time and part-time study options are available for both the master’s in school counseling and the master’s in mental health counseling.
School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling
Online Master’s in School Counseling
The online master’s in Counseling and Guidance program prepares you to guide pre-K–12 students toward success by becoming a school counselor. After graduating, you will be able to:
Create school programming that promotes the wellbeing of students, families, and communities.
Facilitate the social, cultural, and academic development of pre-K–12 students.
Develop approaches that foster cultural inclusiveness.
Use relationship-building skills to help close achievement and opportunity gaps.
The master’s in school counseling offers an optional concentration in bilingual school counseling, in which you will focus on bilingual and multicultural theory and learn how to approach challenges facing students who speak English as a second language.
The online master’s in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness program prepares you to become a clinical mental health counselor who works with culturally diverse populations across the life span. After graduating, you will be able to:
Help clients of all ages and backgrounds craft lives of health, wellness, and meaning.
Apply critical counseling skills, including case conceptualization, practice, and advocacy.
Conduct assessments and interventions with children, adolescents, and adults.
The master’s in mental health counseling allows you to tailor your program by choosing from a variety of elective courses on topics like cognitive behavioral therapy, substance-related disorders, marriage and family counseling, adolescent sexual decision-making, responses to trauma, and immigrant-origin youth.
Counseling@NYU admits students on a rolling basis, and we are currently accepting applications for both our school counseling and mental health counseling programs. The programs offer cohorts that begin in January, June, and September.
The master’s in school counseling and master’s in mental health counseling programs are designed to help you promote social justice in your community by helping people of all backgrounds realize and reach their potential.
A Curriculum That Empowers You to Empower Others
Through courses that develop your expertise in areas such as counseling theory and practice, cross-cultural counseling, and research methods, you will:
Use evidence-based and data-informed practices.
Prepare for real-world practice with a wide range of populations.
Strengthen your commitment to cultural inclusion, diversity, and innovation.
Our faculty support your development as a counselor by applying real-world experiences and case examples in the online classroom and in-person field training.
They are experienced, active practitioners and researchers with clinical expertise in areas such as trauma counseling, LGBTQ+ counseling, stress management, strategic career planning, cognitive rehabilitation, bilingual education, cross-cultural diversity, and career and college readiness.
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Join the dedicated, compassionate community that defines NYU Steinhardt. Learn more about our online counseling master’s programs.
During the immersion, you will deepen your connections with faculty and peers, become better acquainted with the NYU Steinhardt community, and practice the counseling skills you have developed in class.
Extensive Field Training
You will receive the real-world training and field preparation to succeed as a school counselor or mental health counselor through the following experiences:
Online counseling lab
Role-play various counseling scenarios with a classmate to prepare for your work with real clients or students.
Complete 100 hours under the direct supervision of a licensed school counselor or mental health counselor. You will complete 40 hours of direct practice.
Complete three internships at 200 hours each at the same site under the direct supervision of a counselor. Each internship requires 80 hours of direct practice.
You will work with a dedicated placement team to secure an appropriate field placement within a 75-mile radius of your preferred address. Counseling@NYU welcomes your insight and suggestions so that placements are relevant and appropriate to your interests and the needs of your community.
In the Counseling@NYU program, you will develop as a counselor in stages: beginning with classroom learning, progressing to practicing in secure virtual settings, and ultimately helping real clients in practicums and internships.
Online and on-campus students have access to the resources and services provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development, which includes one-on-one coaching, webinars, virtual career fairs, and access to staff who can help guide you toward internships and counseling careers.
Once you graduate, you will be prepared to pursue counselor licensure and employment in settings nationwide.
Careers in School Counseling
Upon passing a licensure exam, graduates of the school counseling master’s program are prepared for positions in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. School counselors may also pursue leadership positions that enable them to oversee programming and resources within a school district.
Careers in Mental Health Counseling
Graduates of the mental health counseling master’s program may serve as counselors in public and private agencies, community mental health programs, university counseling centers, hospitals, outreach programs, substance use treatment centers, outpatient care centers, and family service centers.
Counseling Career Outlook
The US job market for both pre-K–12 school counselors and mental health counselors is expected to grow, with the demand for school counselors projected to rise 8 percent between 2018 and 20281 and the demand for mental health counselors to rise 22 percent.2
Opportunities in LA, DC, and Other Major Cities
Learn more about professional counselor career opportunities in cities across the country: Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Chicago; San Francisco; Orlando; Houston; Seattle; Raleigh-Durham; Buffalo; and Phoenix.
About NYU Steinhardt and the Department of Applied Psychology
The NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in fields ranging from applied psychology to education, the arts, and media. NYU Steinhardt is dedicated to educating people from all backgrounds for social change, inspiring the pursuit of knowledge, creativity, and innovation.
The Department of Applied Psychology prepares you to work effectively with people across a wide range of contexts and cultures. After graduating, you will be able to employ psychological theory and research in the school, home, classroom, community, and other real-world settings.
Ready to Take the Next Step?
Our online counseling master’s programs feature the same curricula as the on-campus programs and are taught by our distinguished faculty in applied psychology. Make a difference in the lives of people in your own community by earning a master’s in counseling online from NYU Steinhardt.