Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Total Credits 
60 credits
Weekend On-Campus (Buffalo/Rochester)
Core Program Duration 
2 years
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has granted accreditation to the program offered at Medaille’s Buffalo and Rochester campuses
About the Program 

Medaille’s on-campus or online Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in principles of mental health counseling at the graduate level. The program, which is available in both on-campus and online formats, meets the New York State Office of Professions education requirements for licensure as a licensed mental health counselor.

What can you do with this degree?
Alumni of Medaille’s Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, in Rochester, Buffalo or online, have gone on to careers as
What can you do with this degree? 
Mental Health Clinic Counselors
Drug and Alcohol Program Clinicians
Hospital/Psychiatric Center Therapists
College and University Counselors
Private Practice Therapists

Program Format 
On Campus


Fixed sequence of 14 on-campus weekend classes plus 3 online classes

Classes meet one weekend each month (Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 9-3 p.m.)

Three semesters of supervised internship

Start in fall or spring



Fixed sequence of 17 seven-week classes

Online program has no scheduled class times — while there are weekly due dates, you can complete your coursework on a schedule that works best for you

Three semesters of practicum and internship

Start in fall or spring

A State-of-the-Art Training Experience

The Medaille Family Counseling Center serves as a counselor-in-training facility for students enrolled in Medaille College’s Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This unique collaboration between BestSelf Behavioral Health and Medaille is a fully licensed BestSelf mental health outpatient treatment location offering families and individuals evidence-based mental health therapy. The state-of-the-art facility affords graduate level students an in-depth, first-hand learning experience that is unparalleled in Western New York.

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CMHC Courses, Sequences & Licensure Information

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Cohort Schedules

Buffalo 22 / Rochester 9

Buffalo 23

Buffalo 24 / Rochester 11

Buffalo 25

Buffalo 26 / Rochester 13

Buffalo 27 / Rochester 14

Buffalo 28 / Rochester 15

Buffalo 29 / Rochester 16

Buffalo 30 / Rochester 17

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Clinical Placements




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Student Links and Resources

Academic catalog will be updated.


New York State Mandated Reporter Resource Center

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Additional Resources for Students:

American Counseling Association (ACA)
The American Counseling Association is the flagship organization and the largest counseling organization in the world with some 57,000 members and 18 divisional affiliate organizations. ACA has written a comprehensive Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice that all professional counselors are expected to read and understand. There are currently 17 Divisions comprising ACA. ACA was founded in 1952.
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
The American Mental Health Counselors Association was founded in 1978 and is the ACA Division representing the profession of Mental Health Counselors. The AMHCA also has a separate Code of Ethics from ACA, though the two Codes are consistent on major issues.
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a national and bilingual organization dedicated to the enhancement of the counselling profession in Canada. This dynamic site provides information about the profession of counselling to CCPA members, to those of you who are interested in joining the national counselling association and to members of the public who wish to learn more about the association and the counselling profession in Canada.
College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario
The College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (CRPRMHTO) will be the governing body for psychotherapists and mental health therapists in Ontario.
The CRPRMHTO was established by the Psychotherapy Act in 2007 and is represented by its transitional council. In July 2009, staff of the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) provided the Registrar of the transitional council with an overview of the OFC's work and with the requirements for compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, as amended, that the CRPRMHTO will eventually have to meet. The CRPRMHTO is developing its regulations and setting standards of practice that will enable it to become fully operational. The OFC will work closely with the transitional council.
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC)
The National Board for Certified Counselors is the national credentialing board for professional counselors. Mental Health Counselors seeking national certification may take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in order to become a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). While national certification differs from state licensure, most states use the NCE as their counselor licensure examination.
New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)
The New York Mental Health Counselors Association> is the advocacy organization representing the clinical counselors of New York State, They work to obtain licensure, and our continuing role is to protect and enhance the rights of counselors to practice the profession.
New York State Office of Professions
Practitioners, called mental health counselors, are trained in counseling and psychotherapy to treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders and other behavioral challenges. Mental health counselors address mental health, human relationship, education and career concerns within ethical, developmental, preventive and treatment contexts. Mental health counselors demonstrate a concern for the short-term and long-term well-being of individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations.
Medaille’s (Clinical) Mental Health Counseling program is designed to meet the academic licensure requirements and to prepare graduates to sit for the licensing exam required by New York State Office of Professions. That licensing exam is National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and applicable to many states. 
Medaille (Clinical) Mental Health Counseling Faculty can provide guidance on out-of-state licensure, education, and internship criteria; however, it remains the charge of the student to evaluate requirements for the state or country in which he or she intends to work. Student’s will want to save all syllabi, books and material from the (Clinical) Mental Health Counseling Program as the out-of-state licensing boards often need copies of these materials. Medaille makes no guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the student to obtain licensure in their particular location. 
For non-NYS Students: American Counseling Association: Licensure & Certification - State Professional Counselor Licensure Boards

CACREP Accredited logo

CACREP's mission is to promote excellence in counselor training programs. Medaille's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is pleased to join the ranks of other nationally accredited training programs, preparing masters students for a career in the field of mental health counseling. Our recently accredited program actively uses the tools and standards provided by CACREP to heighten expectations for our students and to highly prepare our students for both their work in their placements, as well as in their career.


2017-2018​ Medaille Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Number of Students Currently Enrolled: 175
Employment Rate: 88%
Number of Graduates: 70
Completion Rate: 80%

NCMHCE Pass Rate: No new information available


2016-2017​ Medaille Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Number of Students Currently Enrolled: 195
Employment Rate: 65%
Number of Graduates: 54
Completion Rate: 80%

NCMHCE Pass Rate: No new information available


2015-2016 Medaille Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Employment Rate: 57%*
# Graduates: 113*
Completion Rate: ​38%*
NCMHCE 2014: 54.3%*
NCMHCE 2015: 58.1%*
*Pre-CACREP programming reflected




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