- What is Counseling@NYU?
- What programs does Counseling@NYU offer?
- Is Counseling@NYU accredited?
- Will my diploma indicate that I earned my degree online?
- What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
School Counseling FAQ
- What makes NYU’s counseling and guidance program different from other online school counseling programs?
- How many credits are required to complete the MA in Counseling and Guidance program?
- Is the online program available full time and part time?
- How long does the program take to complete?
- Can I work full time while enrolled?
- What types of jobs and salaries are possible with this degree?
- What types of certification or licensure will I need once I earn my degree?
- Am I required to visit the NYU campus?
- Do I need an undergraduate degree in counseling, psychology, or education to be eligible for Counseling@NYU?
- Do I need to submit standardized test scores?
- I am neither a US citizen nor a permanent resident. Can I apply?
- I am a US citizen living abroad. Am I eligible for this program?
- Do I need to complete an interview?
- Is there an application fee?
- Are there prerequisite course requirements?
- Can I request that my transcripts be sent electronically?
- What is the cost of attendance for Counseling@NYU?
- Will tuition change with each academic year?
- Whom can I contact with questions about financial aid?
- What types of aid are available?
- Do I have to pay out-of-state tuition if I don’t live in New York?
Field Education FAQ
- Do I need to secure my own field placement?
- How much time should I expect to spend at my placement site?
- If I do not have a car, how does this affect my field placement selection?
- When does the internship training begin?
- Can I complete my placement where I work?
- How far will I have to travel to get to my field placement?
- Are there weekend and weeknight placements available?
- What is the role of the field placement team in my placement process?
- Will my placement align with my interest area?
- I am a US citizen living abroad. Can I complete my field placement outside of the United States?
Online Experience FAQ
- What are the online courses like through Counseling@NYU?
- Will I be able to contact faculty and other students?
- What if I am having trouble with my technology?
- What other services are available to online students?
What is Counseling@NYU?
Counseling@NYU is NYU’s online master’s degree program in school counseling. Using the same academic standards and curriculum as the on-campus program and taught by distinguished NYU faculty, Counseling@NYU prepares aspiring counselors to make a difference in the lives of children, families, and individuals.
What programs does Counseling@NYU offer?
Currently, Counseling@NYU offers a master of arts in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling.
Is Counseling@NYU accredited?
Yes. Counseling@NYU’s school counseling program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of January 2015 through January 2025.
Will my diploma indicate that I earned my degree online?
No. You will earn a diploma stating that you earned a master of arts in Counseling and Guidance from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
Counseling@NYU classes are kept small to foster collaboration, discussion, and relationship building. Our student-to-faculty ratio is typically around 15:1.
School Counseling FAQ
What makes NYU’s counseling and guidance program different from other online school counseling programs?
Our online master of arts in Counseling and Guidance is offered through our Department of Applied Psychology. The program focuses on maximizing the academic, social, and emotional development of children and adolescents while preparing you with the skills you need to work in a school setting. Our program also offers the option to pursue a concentration in bilingual school counseling.
In addition, the online program features weekly live class discussions in our virtual classroom as well as interactive course work that you complete on your own time. Student support and field placement teams work with you throughout the program to address any questions you might have and to find appropriate internship sites for you at schools near your own community.
How many credits are required to complete the MA in Counseling and Guidance program?
The school counseling and bilingual school counseling programs require you to complete 48 credit hours.
Is the online program available full time and part time?
Yes. You have the option to complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis.
How long does the program take to complete?
The program can be completed in approximately 18 months on a full-time basis or 30 months on a part-time basis.
Can I work full time while enrolled?
Graduate school is a big commitment. With the academic rigor, internship requirements, and demanding course work, it is not possible to work full time while you complete your program. It is possible to work on a part-time basis for some terms if necessary. There is a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship sequence that will require you to be in a pre-K-12 school site.
What types of jobs and salaries are possible with this degree?
The master of arts in Counseling and Guidance program prepares you to work with children and families in public and private school settings. Salaries for graduates vary depending on the position, setting, and geographic location. You can find information about school counseling careers on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
What types of certification or licensure will I need once I earn my degree?
The New York University’s Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling, Pre-K-12 prepares students to work as a school counselor in elementary, middle and high schools, and as a child advocate in community-based organizations.
Licensed school counselors are critical resources for children and their families, assisting students to achieve their goals. School counselors are vital in helping students in the areas of academic achievement, social/personal development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, and successful adults of tomorrow.
This program leads to eligibility for New York State certification as a school counselor for grades pre-K-12.
Students may also be eligible for certification in other states outside of New York, however, certification requirements differ from state to state. Most state licensing boards require a master’s degree, testing, and potentially additional post-graduate coursework requirements. We encourage students to research the requirements specific to their resident state.
Am I required to visit the NYU campus?
Yes. Students in the online school counseling program are required to travel to New York City for one on-campus immersion experience. The immersion occurs during the summer term and encompasses three to four days. Students will gain hands-on experience with group dynamics while meeting their classmates and professors in person.
Do I need an undergraduate degree in counseling, psychology, or education to be eligible for Counseling@NYU?
No. Candidates can hold a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited undergraduate institution.
Do I need to submit standardized test scores?
GRE scores are not required for admission to the MA in Counseling and Guidance program. If your native language is not English and you did not receive the equivalent of a four-year US undergraduate education from an institution where English is the official language of instruction, you are required to submit scores for one of the following English language exams as part of your application: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.
NOTE: All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents living in the United States throughout the duration of the program. Students living outside of the United States are not eligible for the program at this time.
I am neither a US citizen nor a permanent resident. Can I apply?
International students are not eligible for the online program at this time.
I am a US citizen living abroad. Am I eligible for this program?
Due to the difficulty of locating appropriate internship placements internationally, US citizens living abroad are ineligible for the online program. However, applicants who will be living in the United States before their desired cohort starts will be eligible to enroll.
Do I need to complete an interview?
No. An interview is not a required part of the admissions process.
Is there an application fee?
Yes. You will need to submit a $75 application fee along with your completed application. If you apply by the priority deadline, the application fee is reduced to $45. View upcoming application deadlines.
Are there prerequisite course requirements?
There are no prerequisite course requirements for the counseling and guidance program.
Can I request that my transcripts be sent electronically?
Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please ask to have your transcript(s) sent to the following email address as this will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition and Financial Aid FAQ
What is the cost of attendance for Counseling@NYU?
If you enroll in the master of arts in Counseling and Guidance program, you can expect to pay approximately $73,824 in tuition and fees over the course of the program based on 2015-2016 tuition rates.
Will tuition change with each academic year?
A moderate tuition increase can be expected each year. In addition, the Board of Trustees at NYU reserves the right to alter the schedule of fees without notice.
Whom can I contact with questions about financial aid?
Please contact an admissions counselor at 855-NYU-4622 or via email with questions about financial aid.
What types of aid are available?
US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal loans, grants, and program scholarships. Awards are distributed based on the number of applicants, their financial need, and available resources. Federal funds include Direct Unsubsidized loans and Direct GradPLUS loans.
Do I have to pay out-of-state tuition if I don’t live in New York?
No. There is no in-state or out-of-state tuition. NYU is a private university, so all students pay the same tuition rate.
Field Education FAQ
Do I need to secure my own field placement?
No. Counseling@NYU’s dedicated field placement team works to secure an appropriate placement that meets NYU standards and is located within a 75-mile radius of your preferred placement address. You can participate in the placement process by submitting a referral via your personal referral tool. A referral is a site or supervisor that you have a personal connection with and has either agreed to host you or has expressed interest in hosting you for your placement. The placement team will vet your referral and determine if it will be an appropriate site for your placement. All placement sites are subject to NYU approval.
How much time should I expect to spend at my placement site?
For your one-term practicum placement, you will need to complete a total of 100 hours at your placement site and will need to spend one to two days per week onsite to obtain these hours. For your internship placement, you will need to complete a total of 600 hours and spend a minimum of three full days, or at least 19 hours, each week at your placement site for your entire three-term internship.
If I do not have a car, how does this affect my field placement selection?
The Counseling@NYU placement team aims to place you as close to your home as possible, but per the distance policy, you may be required to travel up to 75 miles one-way from your preferred placement address. This may be due to geographic limitations, site availability, program requirements, and other reasons. The Counseling@NYU field placement team will work to find an appropriate placement site for you, and you will need to arrange the transportation to and from your placement site. The placement team will not secure additional sites for students who are not able to arrange travel to and from their placement site and therefore not in adherence with the travel distance policy. Not following this requirement may necessitate a leave of absence from the program. Not having a car or access to appropriate public transportation may delay your placement.
When does the internship training begin?
When you begin your internship depends on when you start the program, as internships cannot be completed during the Summer terms. Full-time students can expect to start their internship around their fourth or fifth term and finish it at the end of the program. Part-time students can expect to start their internship around their eighth term and finish it at the end of the program. All internships begin in September and end in May or June so students gain experience throughout an entire academic year in the pre-K–12 setting. Your practicum placement will be in Term 2 or Term 3 depending on your program length.
Can I complete my placement where I work?
No. Due to the nature of the placement, students may not complete their placement hours at their current place of employment.
How far will I have to travel to get to my field placement?
The Counseling@NYU placement team will work with you to secure an appropriate, approved placement site within a 75-mile radius of your preferred placement address.
Are there weekend and weeknight placements available?
No. You should plan to attend placement Monday through Friday, during regular school hours, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in accordance with your school site supervisor’s schedule. We are unable to arrange for placement schedules to occur exclusively during evening/weekend hours. You are required to adjust your schedule to be in accordance with your placement supervisor's schedule to ensure completion of placement hours and clinical responsibilities.
What is the role of the field placement team in my placement process?
The placement team consists of a group of placement specialists who work to find and secure appropriate placement sites that meet NYU criteria. They work diligently to research, find, vet, and secure these placement sites. They collect all of the necessary documentation and paperwork, and each site is approved by the program.
Will my placement align with my interest area?
The placement team is responsible for securing a placement that meets program requirements and assists you in developing your clinical skills and competencies for the program, graduation, and future licensure. Your placement sites are not guaranteed to align with your areas of interest. Students can talk to their instructor to determine if there may be an opportunity to integrate their interest area at their placement.
I am a US citizen living abroad. Can I complete my field placement outside of the United States?
No. Students cannot complete field placement outside of the continental United States or Hawaii. Students will not be placed internationally, including on US military bases or in US territories. Students living abroad with an upcoming placement term will need to relocate to the continental United States or Hawaii in order to be assigned a placement. Students are required to provide written notice of a new address at least 14 weeks prior to the first placement term so the placement team can work to secure a placement site. Placement is not guaranteed for students who do not adhere to the foregoing requirements. Not following the requirements may necessitate a leave of absence from the program.
Online Experience FAQ
What are the online courses like through Counseling@NYU?
The online courses in Counseling@NYU are unlike any other online counseling programs. NYU faculty members work with experienced producers to bring their courses to life in an online environment. Course work includes discussions between faculty and students, video case studies, dynamic presentations, and interactive elements in which professors can see your progress and leave comments and feedback.
Will I be able to contact faculty and other students?
Yes, you will have access to our virtual campus, where you will complete course work and assignments as well as join social groups with your fellow students, contact professors with questions, and set up study sessions for your courses.
What if I am having trouble with my technology?
Counseling@NYU provides you with a dedicated student support advisor who will work with you throughout your time in the program to help you get adjusted to the technology and answer any questions along the way. In addition, live support is available during all live class sessions in our virtual classroom, so any technology issues that arise during classes can be addressed.
What other services are available to online students?
Counseling@NYU provides the same services to online students that we provide to our on-campus students. As an online student, you will have access to library and career services, the writing center, and other offices. In addition to student support, you will also work with an academic advisor throughout your program and with a placement specialist who will find an internship site near your community for you to complete your training.