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Marist College

Poughkeepsie, , New York ,United States

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a distinct profession with national and state standards for education, training, and clinical practice. Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide a full range of professional mental health services for individuals, couples and families, and groups.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and its Core Counseling Faculty is the academic unit solely responsible for the preparation of students in the program. The Counseling Program is housed within the Psychology Department of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and provides the academic preparation necessary to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY State. The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program emphasizes the personal and professional growth of its students, fostering self-awareness and a deeper understanding of others. The Program curriculum is rich in coursework stressing the theory and practice of evidence-based counseling and underscores the importance of a multicultural approach throughout the training process. Counselors-in-training will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality mental health care to help their clients function effectively in all aspects of their lives.

There are two program tracks to choose from. The Program can be completed in a two-year, advanced/accelerated schedule, full-time, including two summers; or a less intensive three-year schedule, including two summers.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 14

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Human Resources

In strategic partnership with the Marist community, the Office of Human Resources is committed to cultivating an equitable and distinctive workplace. We do this through the attraction, development, and recognition of a diverse and talented workforce.

Our team provides effective services and solutions in support of the College's mission and core values, including:

  • Benefits and compensation administration
  • Compliance with federal, state, and local laws
  • Employee and labor relations
  • Employee records management
  • Learning and development
  • Performance management
  • Policy development and interpretation
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Strategic planning

Benefits at Marist

At Marist College, we value your health and wellness and understand your need for quality, affordable care.  The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing faculty and staff with a best-in-class benefits program that offers rich benefits, services and planning for financial security. 

The Office of Human Resources continually strives to exceed the expectations of the College community.  To achieve this goal, we are excited to be developing new benefit programs for eligible employees in Wellness, Work/Life Balance, Training and Development.

Marist College offers all eligible employees the following benefit programs:

Health Benefits

  • Dental and Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits

Retirement Plans

  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Holiday Schedule
  • Vacation, Sick & Personal Time
  • Discount Programs

The actual terms of the various employee benefit plans are stated in and governed by the formal plan documents. Additional information may be found on the myMarist employee portal.

PSW Opportunity

12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the above-listed requirements, international applicants must also submit the following:

  • Minimum academic overall CGPA of 60% or GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 7/10 or first division graduation with minimal backlogs
    • Scans of marksheets, consolidated marksheet, and provisional certificate if available may be uploaded to GradCAS
  • Proof of English proficiency is required for students who have earned their Bachelor’s degrees outside of the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom. (Upload scans of scores to GradCAS)
  • Students with a 68% or higher CGPA with minimal backlogs meet English requirements if they present scores:
    • IELTS 6.0
    • TOEFL 70
    • PTE 50
  • Students who have a CGPA lower than 68% are required to have higher English proficiency scores.
    • IELTS 6.5
    • TOEFL 79
    • PTE 58
  • Scanned scores are accepted for an admission decision. Official scores for TOEFL and PTE are required for an I-20. Report official scores:
    • IELTS (Marist will verify scores, no official score reporting is required.)
    • TOEFL (Official scores to GradCAS for Marist, report code B886)
    • PTE (Official scores to GradCAS for Marist, report code 2400)
  • Accepted students need to provide financial documents for an I-20 to be issued.
    • Copy of Declaration of Financial Form/Affidavit of Support signed by each person listed on the bank account or loan documents
    • A letter signed by a bank manager stating that a minimum amount is accessible to cover the cost for the academic year: