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College of Human Development, Culture, and Media
Professional Counseling
Master of Arts/Education Specialist (M.A./Ed.S.)

Professional Counseling (Online)

Seton Hall University's online Professional Counseling program is a combined, 60-credit, Master's and Education Specialist program. It has been developed for students who desire to prepare for a career as a professional mental health counselor. This degree provides students with skills and models of intervention grounded in theory.

The Program

The online M.A./Ed.S in Counseling is a 60-credit program consisting of 20, three-credit courses spread over 10 semesters. The program also requires two on-site residencies, which afford you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with professors and your peers in the program.

The Professional and School Counseling Programs at Seton Hall strive for academic excellence and meet the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in the state of New Jersey and most other states in the country. 

While the programs provide the necessary education and experience for licensure as a professional counselor in New Jersey and most other states, if students choose to pursue it, some states have specific requirements of which students should be aware. All incoming students are required to review their state of origin or preferred state regulations prior to admittance, and do so again in their first semester to outline additional requirements for licensure.

School and Professional Counseling

Seton Hall's online school and professional counseling programs train people to be the best professionals in their field.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation* 
  • Personal statement 
  • Resume or C.V. 

* Recommendations from those familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications are preferredRecommendations from personal friends or family are not accepted. 

Application Deadlines 

  • The program accepts applications throughout the year and operates on a rolling admissions basis.  

Admissions Criteria and Prerequisites 

  • We do not require any prerequisite courses nor prior counseling experience 
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (or equivalent) preferred 


The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.

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The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by APA and CAEP.

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