How to Find a Counseling Program in New York

Not every counseling program was created equally. Some students value resources that other students may not need, such as peer-led study groups, or an affordable meal plan at the school’s mess hall. Whatever your needs may be, it is a good idea to look at all angles before making a final decision.

Counseling Degree Pathways in New York

There are a few pathways students in New York can take toward a counseling career. Depending on the type of counselor you want to be, some degree options make more sense than others.

  • Associate's Degree – An associate’s degree can be a stepping stone degree or a final degree depending on what type of counselor you want to become. They require two years of studying.
  • Bachelor's Degree – Provides a basic education in counseling, and requires four years.
  • Master's Degree – A master’s degree is the most common degree associated with counseling. It requires a bachelor’s degree plus two additional years of study.
  • Graduate Certificate – Not a degree, but a graduate certificate is great for narrowing down a specialization. It requires up to one year of studying.
  • Doctorate Degree – Earning a doctorate requires first earning a master’s degree or bachelor’s degree, followed by an additional three to six years of studying.

Choosing a Counseling Specialty

Students are likely to give considerable thought to choosing a counseling specialty. One thing to consider is the type of jobs available for a counseling specialty. Consider whether the program offers additional career opportunities, either with additional education or training.

The University of Rochester offers several counseling specialties. Consider a Master of Science in school counseling, a Master of Science in mental health counseling, or an EdD/PhD in counseling program.

The University at Buffalo offers students the opportunity to complete a Master of Science in mental health counseling, a Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling, and a Master of Science in school counseling, EDM. There are other counseling specialties at the school.

Check School Accreditation

It is important for students to check school accreditation and counseling program accreditation. Students who attend schools that do not hold proper accreditation may not be able to obtain counseling licensure to practice in New York.

The counseling programs at the University at Buffalo, and the advanced certificate programs, such as mental health counseling, AC, mindful counseling for wellness and engagement, AC, and rehabilitation counseling, AC have accreditation from the appropriate accreditation bodies. 

Hunter College offers counseling programs through the Department of Education. The programs, including the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, and the Master of Science in School Counseling hold accreditation that allows students to sit for exams and to obtain licensure. Accreditation is from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Online vs. Traditional Counseling Programs in New York

Colleges and universities in New York that offer counseling programs often provide options in the program format. Some schools, including New York University Steinhardt, offer online accredited counseling programs.

Pace University admits limited numbers of students in their traditional face-to-face mental health counseling, PhD program. Specializations include grief counseling, substance abuse counseling, and positive psychotherapy and counseling.

Becoming Licensed as a Counselor in New York

New York requires that students meet licensure requirements to practice in the state. The New York State Office of the Professions states the regulations for mental health counselor licensure.

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports provides information on credentialing for substance abuse counselors.

List of Counseling Degree Programs in New York

Are you searching for a counseling degree program in New York? Browse our comprehensive list of schools offering counseling programs, both online and on-campus, and follow the links to learn more about what each program has to offer.

Albany, NY

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-3300

Brockport, NY

350 New Campus Dr
Brockport, NY 14420-2919
(585) 395-2361

Bronx, NY

250 Bedford Park Blvd West
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 960-8000

441 E Fordham Rd
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 817-1000

Brooklyn, NY

Master's ProgramsCertificate Programs
2900 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11210
(718) 951-5000

Buffalo, NY

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Master's ProgramsCertificate Programs
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(800) 637-2969

Garden City, NY

Master's ProgramsGraduate Certificate Programs
South Ave
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
(516) 877-3000

Hempstead, NY

New Paltz, NY

New Rochelle, NY

715 North Ave
New Rochelle, NY 10801-1890
(914) 633-2000

New York, NY

One Bernard Baruch Way (55 Lexington Ave at 24th St)
New York, NY 10010
(646) 312-1000

160 Convent Ave
New York, NY 10031
(212) 650-7000

695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 772-4000

Master's Programs
West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-1754

50 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
(646) 565-6000

500 W 185th St
New York, NY 10033-3299
(212) 960-5400

Old Westbury, NY

Master's Programs
223 Store Hill Rd
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0210
(516) 876-3000

Oneonta, NY

Certificate ProgramsMaster's Programs
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
(607) 436-3500

Plattsburgh, NY

101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681
(518) 564-2000

Poughkeepsie, NY

3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 575-3000

Queens, NY

Master's Programs
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY 11367
(718) 997-5000

Staten Island, NY

2800 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-2000

Syracuse, NY

Master's ProgramsCertificate Programs
900 South Crouse Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-1870

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