Counseling and Community Psychology interns

M.A. at The School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences’ Master of Arts in Counseling and Community Psychology program develops knowledge and skills needed by mental health counselors. The program has been registered with the New York State Education Department as meeting the educational qualifications leading to licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State. Students learn how to provide evaluation, assessment, treatment & consultation services in community agencies serving adults, children and families.

Students enrolled in the Counseling and Community Psychology Masters Program may elect to pursue a Certificate in Forensic Mental Health. This degree may also be combined with a Gerontology Certificate administered through the Nursing Department (contact the Nursing Department for further information).

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School, applicants must:

  • have a minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0 for regular admission to the program.
  • have completed undergraduate courses in Social Science Statistics and History & Systems of Psychology (not required for undergraduate psychology majors)
  • have taken at least three additional undergraduate courses in Behavioral Sciences (for non-psychology majors)
  • schedule an interview with the Graduate Program Director, following submission of all application materials.

Students are accepted for the Fall semesters. Priority deadline for Fall admission is March 15. Final deadline for Fall admission is June 1.

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of all required and elective courses (60 credit hours).
  • Completion of a 3 credit hour externship and a 6 credit hour counseling internship. All placements are after the completion of 45 credit hours.
  • Completion of a thesis (3-6 credit hours) or research seminar (3 credit hours).

Mission Statement

The graduate programs in psychology in the School of Health Sciences at The Sage Colleges prepare students for work as mental health counselors and community psychologists. The programs have been designed for students who have made a commitment to advance social justice, to promote the well-being of individuals, families and groups with varying cultural traditions, and to develop change strategies to address social issues in diverse communities through the application of psychological principles, research and methods.

Program News

Sage’s Counseling & Community Psychology program has been approved by NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to offer training meeting the Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (CASAC-T) requirements.

This is an important credential that opens doors for counselors wishing to work in the field of alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Students and graduates with the CASAC-T will have an easier time getting internships and jobs in the field. In order to be eligible for the CASAC, students will need to meet the educational requirements (CASAC-T); need to pass a statewide exam, and need 6000 hours of work experience in the field. However, a master’s degree substitutes for 4000 of the required 6000 hours. Students completing internships and practica in the field of substance abuse can complete an additional 600-700 hours of the remaining 2000 hours.


The M.A. in Counseling and Community Psychology program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period August 2010 through August 2020. Graduates are eligible to take the NYS licensing exam for the LMHC license.