Counseling, School Counseling Concentration (MA)
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.
Hear from current students and alumni on their experiences in the Counseling (MA) programs at Montclair State:
“I am so happy that I chose Montclair State University for my MA in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling. I was lucky enough to serve as a Graduate Assistant, cultivating close relationships with several faculty members that have continued even after graduation. I am currently working on a research study with some of those same professors. Additionally, the program’s course offerings afforded me the opportunity to connect with and learn from counseling students in other concentrations, which has helped me become a well-rounded school counselor. I felt very supported throughout my internship experience and left Montclair State prepared and eager for the challenges of being a school counselor.”
Andrew Reitter – MA Counseling, School Counseling Concentration Alumni
Along with the Master’s degree in School Counseling, the following degrees are also offered: Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling, Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master’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.
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.
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
- Applying for G.A. Positions: Can apply at any time but priority will be given to completed applications received by March 1st for Fall and October 25th for Spring
- Final Date to Complete Applications for Fall is April 1st (with a priority deadline of March 1st)*
- Final Date to Complete Applications for Spring is November 1st (with a priority deadline of September 15th)*
*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, School 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:
- What draws you to counseling and the particular concentration you have chosen within that profession;
- Discuss any personal and professional experiences that have helped prepare you to begin graduate studies in the counseling profession;
- 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.
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
The School Counseling Program consists of 48 credit hours, including three semesters of fieldwork. School counselors, formerly referred to as guidance counselors, work in K-12 settings in both public and private schools. 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. For more information, please visit the Counseling, School Counseling Concentration (MA) 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
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Counseling, Student Affairs/Counseling in Higher Ed Concentration (MA) Program Coordinator:
*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Click to find the updated summer chair for this program*