MA in Counseling

Coordinator: Dr. Matthew Shurts
Office: University Hall, Room 3230
Phone Number: (973) 655-7190
Email: shurtsm@mail.montclair.edu

Overview

‌The Counseling programs at Montclair State University prepare students to become multiculturally competent counselors in a variety of work settings. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations in elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, student affairs positions in colleges and universities, and substance abuse treatment facilities. The academic preparation follows guidelines established by state licensure and certification boards.

The graduate programs in Counseling offer several advantages:

  • Opportunities for alternative scheduling in the form of face-to-face, hybrid, or Saturday classes to meet the needs of the working student
  • The opportunity to master counseling skills in a technologically state-of-the-art counseling laboratory, which allows students to record, archive, and review their own counseling practice sessions, which enhances their ability to serve future clients
  • A diverse group of faculty members actively engaged in scholarly research who hold national leadership positions in professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • A theory-to-practice model of instruction that allows students to gain practical experience in schools, community agencies, and colleges and universities
  • An emphasis on the infusion of multicultural counseling and social justice practice in all courses
  • A vibrant and diverse student body that has the opportunity to engage with faculty members on research and present at professional conferences

CACREP Outcomes Summary

Approximately 530 students are enrolled in Montclair State University’s three CACREP-accredited counseling programs: Community Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling. Ninety-nine percent of accepted students graduate within the expected time period, three years for full-time students and five years for part-time students, and about 90 students graduate each year from these programs. Our courses are taught by fourteen full-time faculty members and accommodate both part-time and full-time students.

There are 209 students currently enrolled in our Community Counseling program with approximately 32 graduating in the last year. These students consistently achieve a high pass rate of 95% on licensing examinations and have a 90% job placement rate upon graduation.

Our School Counseling program is comprised of 241 currently enrolled students. Forty-nine school counselors graduated last year from this program. Data on licensure pass rates is not available for this program because graduates are automatically eligible to become certified school counselors in the state of New Jersey. The job placement rate for school counseling students is 85% upon graduation.

Eighty graduate students are currently enrolled in our Higher Ed/Student Affairs Counseling program with 9 graduating in the last year. Data is not available for licensure pass rates for this program because licensure is not required; 100% of our student affairs students find job placement upon graduation.

Master of Arts in Counseling available with concentrations in:

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Counseling - Masters, Certification and Certificate Programs Brochure
The Counseling programs at Montclair State University prepare students to become multiculturally competent counselors in a variety of work settings. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations in elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, student affairs positions in colleges and universities, and substance abuse treatment facilities.

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