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Information for Admitted Students

Mental Health Counseling


Congratulations on your acceptance to the Fordham Graduate School of Education (GSE) Mental Health Counseling program! The mission of our program is to provide students with ample opportunities in a supportive and stimulating environment where they can solidify their strengths, take risks, be exposed to culturally diverse perspectives, and develop new competencies in various roles associated with mental health counseling.

The purpose of this page is to provide you with the information you need to make your decision on whether to enroll at Fordham GSE. We also encourage you to connect with us in person, at one of our upcoming events, or via phone or email.

Why Should I Choose Fordham?

"When I accepted the offer to attend Fordham's Mental Health Counseling program, I felt an overwhelming sense of reassurance as I knew Fordham would help me gain the knowledge and experience I need to develop as a counseling professional. The support and collaboration I received from the professors and my peers have increased my self-confidence and prepared me for a successful journey in the counseling field."
Christine Romano '16

There are many aspects of our program that make us unique.

  • Sense of Community: We value the interactions between students and work to create a community where you get to know your fellow students very well. We do this by keeping cohorts small and encouraging students to join student groups, form study groups, and collaborate. Your classmates are your future colleagues. We want to help you establish supportive relationships that will continue after graduation and throughout your career.
  • Supportive Environment: Counseling is a helping profession and we seek to reflect that within our school environment. Fordham is committed to the Jesuit principle Cura Personalis (care for the whole person). As such, faculty, staff, and students are open and supportive.
  • Multicultural Perspective: Multiculturalism is integrated into all of our courses. All faculty are committed to helping our students develop competencies in working with their students from diverse backgrounds. We want to prepare our students to work with individuals from all backgrounds and to be leaders in diversity efforts.
  • Social Justice Anchor: One of the core tenets of GSE is social justice. Our classroom environments, coursework, and research address issues of inequality and injustice and work to be inclusive and respectful.
  • Opportunity for Research: Masters students have many opportunities to get involved in research and present at conferences with faculty and doctoral students.

Dr. Joe Ponterrotto and three Mental Health Counseling students recently discussed the in-depth with Linda Horisk, Assistant Dean of Admissions.

Where Can I Get Information on Financial Aid?

Graduate aid is separated into grants and loans from various sources: school-based aid (i.e. aid from GSE), federal aid, and external funding.

  • GSE Aid: If you indicated that you are interested in GSE Financial Aid on your application, you will receive an email detailing the financial aid offer from GSE. Our aid comes in the form of scholarships and graduate assistantships. If you have questions about GSE aid, contact Anisa Sanchez at
  • Federal Aid: If you want to be eligible for federal aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA. Federal aid typically comes through Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. If you have questions about federal financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at or 718-817-3800.
  • External Funding: There are scholarship and grant opportunities available through external organizations. We have a list of funding sources to jump-start your search. Fordham has information on private education loans and Fordham's payment plan system on their website.

If any of this is confusing, please schedule a meeting with Linda Horisk, Assistant Dean of Admissions, by contacting 212-636-6400 or

"Fordham's program is unique because of the personal relationships you get with your professors. I was surprised at how the staff in the program encourage autonomy, trust, and empowerment with their students. Fordham's commitment to multicultural and social justice issues better prepared me for my fieldwork and strengthened my approach to learning about therapy. Fordham is challenging students to step outside of their comfort zones. This has helped me gain more confidence in my job search."
Jill Zinto '16

Where Will I Do My Internship?

Mental Health Counseling students do a 600-hour, full-year (fall and spring semester) internship in a variety of settings in the New York metropolitan area.

Some recent internship sites include Pace University, The College of New Jersey, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Adult Literacy Program, James J Peter VA Medical Center, NYCDOMH - Rikers Island Correctional Facility, Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service, Volunteers of America, Catholic Charities, East Harlem Tutorial Program, Henry Street Settlement, Jewish Child Care Association, Seaver Autism Center at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Addiction Institute of New York at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York Foundling's Bluesky Program, NYU Rusk Institute Brain Injury Day Treatment Program, Rockland Psychiatric Center, U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs Readjustment Counseling Center, NY Presbyterian Hospital, among many others.

We will help you secure an internship placement. For questions about fieldwork, please contact Liz Casey, Director of Field-Based Experience and Accountability, at

How Can I Connect with Faculty and Current Students?

  • Attend one of our upcoming events, listed at the top of this page.
  • Browse our faculty webpages for contact information for Counseling program faculty.
  • Members of our student group, Student Association for Mental Health Counseling (SAM), are happy to talk with you about the program. They can be reached at .

What If I Have Additional Questions?

Schedule a meeting with Linda Horisk, Assistant Dean of Admissions, at 212-636-6401. You can talk through your questions with Linda, who will answer your questions and/or put you in contact with Mental Health Counseling faculty.

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