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Master of Arts (M.A.)

School Counseling

The M.A. in School Counseling prepares school counselors to maximize the potential of all students through comprehensive developmental school counseling programs, and develops skills as competent school counselors and effective consultants, collaborators, advocates and leaders in an ever-changing global society. The program of study meets the credentialing requirements set by the NJ Department of Education.  Further, the program works to follow the standards set forth by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

The Program

The M.A. in School Counseling is a 48-credit program consisting of foundation, counseling and clinical courses culminating in a school counselor internship. Throughout the program students gain the knowledge and skills to provide counseling, prevention and early identification services to help children and adolescents achieve optimal development. Students also learn how to empower students and their families to overcome educational difficulties through a multidisciplinary team intervention approach, and provide crisis intervention, disaster response and coping strategies to students and families in the school community.


Getting Back in the Game


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Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including at least one from a professional colleague who can attest to the candidate’s ability to interact with others, fit with the counseling profession, and capacity for graduate study 
  • Personal statement, outlining a description of related work experience, qualifications, and academic and professional goals 
  • Resume or C.V. 
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee 

Application Deadlines 

  • Priority deadlines for program admission are May 1 for the fall semester and November 1st for the spring semester. Incomplete applications are not reviewedAdditional applications may be accepted beyond the recommended deadlines on a space available basis. 


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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Sandra Lee
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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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Contact Us

  • Diana Minakakis
  • Director, Office of Graduate Admissions
  • [email protected]
  • (973) 761-9668