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Advanced Counseling (Post-Master’s Certificate)

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 offers opportunities for alternative scheduling in the form of face-to-face, hybrid or Saturday classes to meet the needs of the working student.

The Advanced Counseling Certificate program is designed to fulfill state-level and national standards for Licensed Professional Counselors. This program meets the highest professional standards according to CACREP, The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and the NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a master’s degree in counseling.

If you are seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa from Montclair State University, you are not eligible for the Advanced Counseling program.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Advanced Counseling (Post-Master’s Certificate) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement – Please write an integrated essay (1-2 pages) on your long term professional goals, addressing the following questions:
    • How has your master’s in Counseling degree influenced your current position as a counseling professional or intern?
    • What population(s) do you plan to work with in your professional discipline, and what special knowledge will this certificate afford you?
    • If this certificate will enable you to change your professional direction in terms of setting/population, please explain why you desire this change? (For example, if you have a master’s in School Counseling and would like to gain an LPC).
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two
  • Standardized Test Scores: Not required.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

Complete 12-18 semester hours. For more information, please visit the Advanced Counseling, Post-Master’s Certificate program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Advanced Counseling (Post-Master’s Certificate) Program Coordinator:

Program Coordinator: Lisa Ellis
Office: University Hall 2201
Telephone: 973-655-7267