• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Graduates of the PhD in Mental Health Counseling at Pace University emerge as highly-skilled professionals in therapeutic practice and research, well-positioned to be leaders in the field and advocates for their clients and the profession. 

Specializations include grief counseling, substance abuse counseling, and positive psychotherapy and counseling. Graduates leave the program equipped with a solid foundation in counseling built upon a combination of coursework, fieldwork, seminars, and guided research.

The Department of Psychology’s strong community of faculty, professionals and alumni in the field of mental health equip doctoral students with an established network of support to draw upon. Both faculty and alumni hold key leadership positions in the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA). Each semester the department offers a speaker series inviting leading researchers and professionals to talk about current and pertinent issues in the field.


  • Community mental health
  • Forensic mental health
  • University teaching
  • Private practice
  • Research
  • Advocacy
  • Mental health policymaking

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Theories and Methods of Counselor Education
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Theories and Methods of Counselor Supervision
  • Leadership and Advocacy in the Counseling Profession

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.6

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.6 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

An earned Master’s degree in mental health counseling with a curriculum equivalent to that in Pace University’s 60-credit graduate Master of Science program in Mental Health Counseling.Earned Graduate-level GPA of 3.6 or higher.Met one of the following permit/licensure requirements:

  • Be eligible for New York State limited permit in mental health counseling in New York State.
  • Has obtained a limited permit in New York State.
  • Be licensed in mental health counseling in New York State.
  • Be licensed in mental health counseling in a state other than New York.
Submitted letters of recommendation, personal statement, official academic transcripts, and GRE scores taken within the previous five years, with preference given to mean GRE scores at the 600-650 level.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1244 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1244 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1244 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1244 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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