Earn Your Online Master’s in Mental Health Counseling

The online master of arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from NYU Steinhardt prepares you to pursue licensure and employment as a mental health counselor in settings such as addiction treatment centers, community agencies, and private practice. Taught by NYU faculty, the curriculum empowers you to help clients of all ages and backgrounds craft lives of health, wellness, and meaning while advancing your career as a therapist.

Mental Health Counseling Program Highlights

Rigorous, Hands-On Preparation
Build your skills through 60 graduate-level credits, counseling lab, 100-hour practicum, and 600-hour internship.

As Few as 21 Months to Complete
Depending on your start date, you could earn your mental health counseling master's online in as few as seven terms.

GRE Not Required
GRE scores are not required for admission into the online master’s in mental health counseling program.

Rolling Admissions
NYU Steinhardt accepts applications year-round, offering three start dates per year: in January, June, and September.

Take the Next Step

Earn an online mental health counseling degree from NYU Steinhardt.

Online Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program Experience

Live Classes and Interactive Course Work

Log in to our interactive online campus to complete assignments and collaborate with peers and professors during and outside of class.

Skill Development in a Secure Virtual Setting

Develop key mental health counseling skills and prepare for your practicum and internship while acting out client-therapist scenarios with a partner.

Real-World Training at Sites Near Your Area

Help real clients during a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship at NYU-approved sites near your community.

In-Person Collaboration with Faculty and Classmates

Visit NYU’s New York City campus for three to four days of networking and intensive training.

What Can I Do with an Online Master’s in Mental Health Counseling?

The online MA in mental health counseling prepares you to pursue licensure as a counselor who helps clients of all ages reach their potential as individuals and members of their community. As a graduate of the online program, you will be uniquely prepared to:

Assess individuals and groups with attention to gender, race and ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and ability/disability.

Apply a variety of counseling skills, such as case conceptualization, practice, and advocacy.

Form helping counseling relationships and demonstrate a commitment to the growth and development of your clients.


New York University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. New York University's Counseling@NYU online program offers a master of arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. The Counseling@NYU program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) under the Masters in Counseling Accreditation Committee (MCAC) standards. Learn more about MPCAC accreditation.

Licensure and Careers

The master of arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness program prepares students to work as mental health counselors, serving as leaders, facilitators, and advocates of social justice in diverse communities across the country.

Counseling@NYU is registered by New York state as a license-qualifying program in mental health counseling. Students in the online master’s in mental health counseling program may be eligible for licensure in states outside New York; however, requirements vary from state to state. Most state licensing boards require a master’s degree, testing, and completion of post-master’s clinical hours.

Graduates of NYU Steinhardt have developed fulfilling careers as mental health care providers in both public and private agencies, including mental health programs, university counseling centers, and substance abuse treatment centers.

People in your community need mental health counselors.

Become a counselor, and help them thrive.