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MA in Counseling with Concentration in School Counseling

Dr. Muninder Kaur Ahluwalia
Coordinator, School Counseling and Student Affairs Higher Education concentrations
Phone Number: 973-655-7622


School counselors, formerly referred to as guidance counselors, work in K-12 settings in both public and private schools. Our program prepares students to work across grade levels and with diverse student populations. We teach students about comprehensive school counseling programs consistent with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for school counselor certification in New Jersey, a required credential for the profession. The School Counseling Program program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) under the 2016 standards through 2025.

The School Counseling program is CACREP accredited. The program consists of 60 credit-hours (commencing with Spring 2024) including three semesters of fieldwork. Full-time and part-time study are available for students, with most courses offered in the evenings and other arrangements to accommodate work schedules. Please note that students must have flexibility to complete the fieldwork experiences at an approved school site during the latter portion of their time in the program. Full-time students can generally complete the 60 credit-hour program in 3 to 3½ calendar years (depending on timing of field placements and number of courses taken each semester). Many core courses are offered in the summer session to facilitate timely completion of the degree.

Admission Information

All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.