Q and A about MSCC
Frequently Asked Questions:
THIS IS A GENERAL FAQ; FOR SPECIFIC QUESTIONS AND APPLICATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE YIEP.
1) What is a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling?
It is a graduate program that trains in the theoretical and applied principles of psychological counseling. It is to prepare the professional in the assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, families and groups. It is similar to a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
2) What is the degree that is received?
It is a Regionally accredited Master of Science in Clinical Counseling with an option to pursue licensure in one’s home state.
3) What is the range of services that one is being trained for?
The range of services that one is trained for is focused on the following:
Brief and Solution Based Therapies
4) What are my career options?
With a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling one may work in a variety of mental health settings. The following is a sample of the different job opportunities that employ a clinical counselor:
Community Mental Health Centers
Outpatient Mental Health Clinics
Schools and Yeshivas
Adult Homes/Health Homes
Social Service Providers
Day treatment programs
Child Care Centers
University/ College Guidance and Career Counseling
Bikur Cholim/Guardians of the Sick counseling programs
Services for the Developmentally Disabled
Employment Assistance Programs
Substance Abuse Programs
Eating Disorder Clinics
5) How long will it take to fulfill the requirements for graduation and receive the degree?
The Master of Science in Clinical Counseling will be awarded after completion of 60 credit hours in the prescribed coursework, inclusive of the internships. The current program is a 33 month degree program.
6) What license will one be eligible for and how?
One may be able to apply, in your home state, for a provisional license to provide mental health services after completion of the Master of Clinical Counseling degree program.
All states have requirements for completion of post graduate internship hours under the supervision of an approved clinical supervisor prior to obtaining full licensure as a professional counselor. These requirements, and the time frame, vary from state to state.
7) How many hours will be needed to dedicate to the program?
One may be required to spend approximately 20 hours of reading and completing assignments per week. It all depends on each student’s abilities and learning style. There are two courses being taken simultaneously each semester.
8) What is the cost of the program?
Please see the fees page on our website.
9) What financial aid is available?
Please see the financial aid page on our website.
Student loans are available, please complete the FAFSA forms. In addition, there are university scholarships that you may apply for, see the link referenced above.
10) Is an internship involved?
Internships are part of the 60 credit hours toward the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling. The internships must be performed in an agency/institution that provides mental health services with supervision by a licensed mental health professional.
11) How many hours of internship are required to receive the Master of Science degree and provisional licensing?
Six hundred (600) hours, (200 hours for each of 3 courses) are required to complete the internship. The Praticum course requires 100 hours.
For additional information about the clinical counseling program please see:
For additional information about the clinical counseling practicum and internships please see:
12) Can one intern in one’s home state?
One can intern in their home state as long as the internship is at an agency/institution that provides mental health services with supervision by a licensed mental health professional. There may be different credentials for the mental health professional in each state. Effective for the August 2016 program: the practicum and internships cannot be done in the state of New York.
13) Can one intern within one’s current employment?
One may intern in one’s current employment situation if mental health services are provided with supervision by a licensed mental health professional and the internship falls outside of normal work duties.
14) Who finds the student the internship? Is a cost involved for internships?
That responsibility is a joint responsibility of the student and representatives of the university. There should be no additional cost for the internships, however, if there is, it is the responsibilty of the student. Most mental health professionals and institutions are committed to the furtherance of future professionals and perform the supervision pro bono.
If the student resides outside the United States, special arrangements may need to be arranged. Please contact the YIEP for further discussion.
15) What are the prerequisites for admission?
The prerequisite for admission to the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program is a BA or BS from an accredited university or Rabbinical College.
You must also have, either as part of your degree or credits obtained independent of your degree, 6 credit hours in behavioral science. The credits may be derived from subjects like psychology, sociology and anthropology, OR relevant life experience OR 6 college credit hours in more tangentially related subjects, SUCH AS JEWISH ETHICS, and when necessary, the permission of the university registrar.
Please see the application process for the MSCC on the home page.
16) Is the program fully online?
All the courses are online except for the practicum and internship portion of the graduate program. Effective for the August 2016 program there are 2 on site seminars (3 1/2 days) required, to be held in the NY – NJ area.
17) What is the difference between a Master in Social Work and a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling?
Both degrees have a lot to offer. It depends on your career goals and interests. Jobs are available with either degree.
The social work degree prepares one for a role in the care and advocacy of clients which may include individuals, families, communities and organizations. The coursework is focused on clinical practice, social administration, public policy, research and ethics.
The degree in clinical counseling prepares one for a variety of counseling options such as mental health, marriage and family, rehabilitation, vocational and substance abuse. The coursework is focused on counseling theories and techniques, psychological assessment and diagnosis, psychological development, cultural perspectives, research and ethics.
18) What is the nature of the courses?
Please see course titles and requirements on our website
19) May I transfer in any prior credits to the program?
Credits are not transferable into the program unless the student has completed identical graduate course work in clinical counseling. If a student has completed identical graduate course work in clinical counseling, a transfer of credits will be determined by the university registrar, on a case by case basis.
20) Will the material being taught challenge my Orthodox Jewish Beliefs?
The curriculum is set by the university as mandated by the national accreditation agencies. We can not edit out any material. However, it is our intention, that if there is material that is not according to our traditions, we will sponsor special conference calls to share the Orthodox Jewish perspective on those issues. In addition, a more in depth Orthodox Jewish perspective will be presented during the special Judaic Counseling course dedicated to the Orthodox Jewish view.
21) What is CACREP?
CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession.
22) Is the Master of Science degree CACREP accredited?
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