Counseling (MA), Addictions Counseling Concentration at Montclair State University

Counseling, Addictions Counseling Concentration (MA)

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Counseling, Addictions Counseling Concentration (MA)

The Addictions Counseling program provides the necessary coursework to prepare counselors to work in a wide range of settings with diverse populations. Addictions counselors typically work in multiple community based settings, including clinical mental health facilities, hospitals, community service agencies, and private practice. Our graduates are employed in these settings and use their specialized training to aid clients with addictions, co-occurring disorders, and other mental health concerns.

The Addictions Counseling program prepares students to work with populations who are in recovery for various addictions (chemical and behavioral). Graduates are employed in addictions facilities, transition homes, inpatient and outpatient treatment centers and other related facilities that focus on addictions treatment.

Hear from current students and alumni on their experiences in the Counseling (MA) programs at Montclair State:

Along with the Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling, the following degrees are also offered: Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health CounselingMaster’s degree in School CounselingMaster’s degree in Student Affairs/Counseling in Higher Education, PhD in Counseling and a certification program leading to Director of School Counseling.

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

Admission Requirements

The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Applicants with a GPA below 2.9 will not be considered for admission.
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: All required materials must be received by these deadlines
    • Final Date to Complete Applications for Fall is March 1st for Fall 2022*
    • Final Date to Complete Applications for Spring is October 1st*

    *Any applications received after final deadlines or with missing information will be considered for the next semester.

  • 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 Counseling, Addictions Counseling Concentration (MA) program:

  • Transcript: 1 (one) from each college attended.
  • Write an essay of no more than three double spaced pages in response to the prompt below. Your essay should reflect your developing knowledge of and interest in the counseling profession and your potential place within it.  Address each of the areas identified below:
    1. What draws you to counseling and the particular concentration you have chosen within that profession;
    2. Discuss any personal and professional experiences that have helped prepare you to begin graduate studies in the counseling profession;
    3. Share your perspective regarding the role of multiculturalism and social justice in counseling.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (If graduated from any academic program in the past three years, one letter must be from a professor).
  • Resume: Required.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

The Addictions Counseling program consists of 60 credit hours, 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 site during the latter portion of their time in the program. Full-time students can generally complete the 60 credit hour program within three calendar years. Many core courses are offered in the summer session to facilitate timely completion of the degree. For more information, please visit the Counseling, Addictions Counseling Concentration program listing in the University Catalog.


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

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Counseling MA Program Associate:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*