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MA in Counseling with Concentration in Student Affairs/Higher Education

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


College and university campuses rely on master’s level professionals in several capacities. The Student Affairs/Higher Education concentration prepares professionals to work on college campuses in several student services capacities. Career services, student affairs, academic advising, student activities, international programs and other student-focused offices employ our graduates. The program has a strong emphasis on a counseling foundation to prepare professionals who maintain a developmental approach to their work with students.

Coursework in the Student Affairs/Higher Education program includes core courses in counseling as well as electives specific to the work of student affairs professionals. The program consists of 36 credit hours, including two 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 site during the latter portion of their time in the program. Full-time students can generally complete the 36 credit hour program in 1½ to 2 calendar years. Many core courses are offered in the summer session to facilitate timely completion of the degree.

Course Requirements

Admission Information

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