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

Counseling, School Counseling Concentration (MA)

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Counseling, School Counseling Concentration (MA)

The School Counseling program provides the necessary coursework to prepare counselors for work in school counseling departments with a diverse population of students. School counselors typically work in both public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. Graduates use their specialized training to promote the social and emotional well being of students to enhance their academic success

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

“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 CounselingMaster’s degree in Clinical Mental Health 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 Office of Graduate Admissions 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 February 1st*
    • 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. Please note: Upon offer of admission, you will be asked to submit an enrollment deposit of $200.

  • 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.
  • Essay:
    • PREAMBLE: A central theme that guides the mission of the MA in Counseling program at Montclair State University is a strong commitment to train all students to work with and advocate for all marginalized and oppressed populations as professional counselors in an ethical and competent manner. In no more than two (2) double spaced pages, please respond to the prompt below based on your knowledge and aspirations as a professional counselor.
    • QUESTION: Clients who have marginalized identities (for example, based on their race/ethnicity, sex/gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, ability, geographic location, or intersections thereof) face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. How do you envision yourself taking an active role in your future career as an addictions counselor, clinical mental health counselor, school counselor, or student affairs professional in supporting mental health equity for one specific marginalized population (for example, African Americans; LGBTQ+ individuals; Muslims; individuals experiencing poverty)
    • OPTIONAL: In no more than one (1) double spaced page, please share anything else you think is important for our admissions committee to know that is not represented elsewhere in your application.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (It’s preferred to have at least one letter from a professor who taught you. If you graduated from any academic program in the past three years, one letter must be from a professor who taught you).
  • Resume: Required.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

The School Counseling Program consists of 60 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:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact us at

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