Master's in Counseling
 & Human Services

Master's in Counseling <br/> & Human Services

“Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals.”

(20/20: A vision for the future of counseling

The Master’s programs in Counseling and Human Services provide the necessary training for graduate students who desire a career in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Substance Abuse or Rehabilitation professional counseling.

The Council for Accreditation and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits both the School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs.  CACREP accreditation offers greater recognition of quality professional preparation within the “job market”, as well as educational opportunities beyond a master’s degree, as well as provides students greater reciprocity for state/territory certifications and licensure beyond New York State.

Both programs provide a common core, and allows students to specialize in school counseling or mental health counseling with further specialization possible in substance abuse counseling or rehabilitation counseling.  With some extra coursework, students may meet the requirements of both programs.  Please contact your advisor if you have any questions.

Areas of Specialization include: 

School Counseling


Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The 48-credit degree meets the academic requirements leading to New York State Education Department Provisional Certification for school counselor K-12.  Permanent Certification requires an applicant complete 12 additional graduate credits and two years employment as a school counselor post-degree.  School Certification differs from State-to-State/US Territories.  Reciprocity exists among most State Education Departments.  Canisius Alumni professional school counselors live and work across the United States and abroad. The Canisius College School Counseling specialization enjoys a reputation for providing candidates with a practical, applied skill-set based upon “best practices” long research and evaluated as counselors working with individual and groups of school-age children.  In addition to direct counseling skills, we prepare candidates in their growth as leaders within a collaborative environment, advocating, and consulting with colleagues, on behalf of the children.     The 60-credit degree meets the academic requirements leading to the New York State Office of Professions Licensed Mental Health Counselor credential.  Additional requirements include 3000 hours of post-graduate employment as a counselor, registered with a “limited permit” and NYS-examination. In addition, our Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization meets the academic requirements for a U.S. Department of Defense TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselor (TCMCH).  Only Canisius College currently meets the academic requirements.  For more information, please see - h-7 

In addition, students may elect to complete academic coursework required towards NYS OASIS Credentialed Alcohol Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) or be a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).  Upon completion of one’s studies, both credentials require appropriate post-degree work experience and an examination.

CACREP Accreditation

cacrep accreditation logoCanisius programs in School Counseling and Community Mental Health Counseling are accredited by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), the most rigorous accrediting body in the field of counseling education.

CACREP accreditations are in School Counseling and Community Counseling and in effect through March 2017.

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