Social Sciences

Counseling / Human Services or Psychology

Collaboration Program with Pace University, 3:2 format
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology or Human Services, Mount Saint Mary College
Master of Science in Counseling, Pace University

Overview

This joint five-year program leads to a bachelor’s in Psychology or Human Services from Mount Saint Mary College, and either a Master of Science in Counseling or a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University.

Students spend the first three years at the Mount taking courses to fulfill the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in the Psychology or Human Services major, while establishing eligibility for admission into the master’s in Counseling program at Pace.

Psychology at the Mount

Students must reserve 12 credits of open electives in order to take four, 3-credit graduate courses during their fourth year at MSMC. Psychology majors may also use 6 credits for the three electives at the 2000 level or above. The remaining 24 credits of the master’s program are taken at Pace.

For both Psychology and Human Services majors, students must complete all General Education requirements for a bachelor’s degree from the Mount. Beyond this, required courses vary within the major.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for the program, students must have completed 78 credits, including a one-semester internship. Students must have attained a Grade Point Average of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.3 in their major. Students must also have completed PSY 3000 (Principles and Techniques in Counseling) as one of their elective Psychology courses.

Students meeting these criteria must submit an application to be reviewed at the Mount by the Counseling Advisory Committee. If the CAC recommends acceptance into the Pace Counseling program, the Pace Graduate Counseling Admission Committee will review the application and make the decision regarding acceptance into the program.

Where Mount Students Have Interned

Mount Psychology students have had internship experiences at a wide variety of public and private institutions, including a number of different childcare facilities, public schools, mental health facilities, penitentiaries, and other community and state agencies.

Specific examples of where Mount Students have interned in recent years:
Anderson School, Arlington Central School District, Beacon Community Center, Bethel Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, City of Newburgh Police Dept, Dutchess County Jail, Four Winds, FSI Teen Parent Program, Glen Hines Memorial Boys & Girls Club, Good Counsel, Head Start of Eastern Orange County, Hoops Express, Integrated Pediatric Therapies, John Jay High School, Kiddie Academy Child Care, Kids Peace Foster Care and Family Services, Learning Center, Mental Health Assn. in Fulton & Montgomery Counties, Middletown Schools, New York Police Department, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Newburgh Family YMCA, Newburgh Healthy Families, NY Youth Advocate Program, NYS Dept of Mental Health, OC/AHRC New Windsor & Newburgh, PS 156. PS 203K Brooklyn, Putnam County Youth Bureau, Rehabilitation Support Services, Neighborhood Day Care Services, The Center for Recovery, The Center for the Prevention, The Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, The Johnes Home, The Learning Experience, Unity House-Domestic Violence Program, USMA Child Development Center, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, YAP Youth Advocate Program.

Career Options

Students with a master's degree in Counseling work  in social service agencies, private counseling, workplace counseling, substance abuse, business (such as personnel work and organization development) and community improvement groups.

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