Master's Counseling Program Comprehensive Exam Info Sessions: 

There will be two Info Sessions this semester to discuss the Master's Counseling Program Comprehensive Exam.  All students are welcome and encouraged to attend, not just those planning to take the exam this semester (in fact, we STRONGLY urge students to attend an Info Session before the semester they intend to take the exam).

The Info Sessions will cover the format of the test, multiple-choice test-taking strategies, and other general information including sample test items.  The session is NOT a review of program material.

The sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, October 8th at 5:15 PM
    • University Hall 1143 (ADP Center)
    • Presented by Dr. Shurts
  • Friday, October 10th at 4:00 PM
    • University Hall 3012
    • Presented by Dr. Shurts

The sessions last approximately one (1) hour--The same general material will be presented at both sessions, so there is no need to attend both.

Students are also reminded that we have a thorough overview of the Comprehensive Exam and responses to FAQ about the exam at the following URL:

Please also note that the Program has available three externally-produced study guides.  As noted on our Program website, the Comprehensive Exam is a standardized test that our MSU faculty does not write or have access to.  As such, we do not endorse any study guide--The three we have purchased are solely as references for students as they prepare for the exam.  We make no guarantees that material in the study guide will correspond with the content of the exam, nor do we endorse any particular study guide.

The books we have purchased are:

  • The Encyclopedia of Counseling by Howard Rosenthal
  • Study Guide for the National Counselor Examination by Andrew Helwig
  • Mastering the National Counselor Examination and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination by Erford, Hays, Crockett, and Miller.

Students wishing to review any of these study guides can do so in the Counseling Suite only--They are not available for "check-out" and cannot be removed from the Counseling Suite.  They will only be available during the hours our Department Secretary, Mary Andreoli, is present.  Please see Mary (University Hall 3162) to request use of the books.

Dates Set for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Spring 2014 Comprehensive Exam Administration:

Please reserve these dates if you are planning to take the Comprehensive Exam this Academic Year:

Fall 2014: Saturday, October 25 (morning administration)
Spring 2015: Saturday, March 21 (time TBA)

As a reminder, effective January 1, 2014, the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) fee per student will be $50 (at our university site).

CCE ONLY accepts a cashier’s check or money order payable to CCE.

Students planning to take Comps this academic year are strongly encouraged to note these dates keep them free from other commitments. Please remember Comps are only offered 2 times per year (Fall and Spring) - there is no summer administration.

Students are again reminded that we have a thorough overview of Comps and responses to Comps FAQ at the following URL:

PhD Program in Counselor Education

Montclair State University is accepting applicants for its PhD program in Counselor Education for Fall 2014.

Located just outside of New York City, our program prepares culturally responsive, social justice advocates to teach and supervise future generations of counselors, provide post-academic supervision to practicing counselors, conduct rigorous research and program evaluations, and perform administrative and supervisory duties with a variety of organizations. Our program graduates have obtained positions as faculty members in Counseling programs, directors in human services settings, and advanced clinical supervisors.

Individuals with counselor education doctoral degrees work as academic faculty in higher education and in administrative and managerial roles in health care agencies, nonprofit organizations, community agencies, and student affairs/academic affairs units in colleges and universities as well as in businesses. In addition they serve as consultants for agencies on specific projects-for example, consultants to state departments of education concerning guidance outreach to underserved populations.

The Montclair State University PhD program in Counselor Education combines scholarly preparation and advanced counseling and supervision practice in preparation to pursue these and other career opportunities. As well as encouraging students to collaborate on research being conducted by faculty members, the faculty members are committed to mentoring doctoral students in developing their own areas of research and leadership.

We accept students on a part-time and full-time basis each fall. Applications are being accepted for Fall 2014 study. Review of completed applications, including review for doctoral assistantships, will begin on or about November 1, 2013. The final application deadline for Fall 2014 is March 1, 2014 (all required materials must be submitted). Please contact Harriet Glosoff, with any questions you may have.