Application Requirements

You will find the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling application online here.

Near the bottom of the online application is a section entitled "Statement of Career Objectives" where applicants are to write a detailed statement of their career objectives and plans. In this section indicate your desire to pursue a course of study that leads to licensure as a mental health counselor in the State of New York. The deadline for fall semester applications is February 15 of each year (students are not admitted into the program during the spring or summer semesters; they may, however, take mental health counseling courses on a non-matriculated basis prior to admission). In addition to the online application, applicants must submit the following materials by February 15:

  1. A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  2. Graduate Record Exam scores, including verbal, quantitative and writing sections.
  3. At least three letters of reference regarding your previous academic work and any mental health counseling or related experience.On the application you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing you a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.
  4. Unofficial copies of transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  5. A statement of intent regarding why you want to become a mental health counselor.

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.

Former/Maiden Name: Note to all applicants, please be sure to provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to:

Ms. LuAnn Zak
Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Telephone: (716) 645-2110
Email: luannzak@buffalo.edu