The MS in Mental Health Counseling is intended for students seeking licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in New Jersey. It is the first mental health counseling program in the state to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Accreditation is a significant consideration for the New Jersey State Board of Examiners for LPC licensure.
If desired, students can also later pursue a doctorate in counselor education.
"The MS program in Mental Health Counseling provides students with a comprehensive education from a diverse faculty, including intensive supervised clinical experience in the field. When students are finished with the program, they are equipped to obtain a professional license as a counselor and seek employment across a wide range of careers in mental health."
David Burkholder, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychological Counseling
The MS program offers a curriculum that explores foundations of counseling procedures, intervention skills, assessment methods, and quantitative skills necessary to read relevant research findings. The program allows students to enhance their skills with field experiences, which can include counseling actual clients at University-approved sites.
Students are required to take 60 credits: 39 credits of core courses, 9 credits of elective courses, and 12 credits of clinical placements. They must also complete a comprehensive examination. View the curriculum chart here.
In order to advance through the program, PC 505 Mental Health Counseling must be taken during the first term of study. From the 9 credits of elective courses, students can pursue specialty areas and further enhance their counseling experience.
The curriculum covers the nine core areas required for LPC licensure in New Jersey. This program is also an especially good option for those who may move to another state and seek LPC licensure. Because the licensing board is the final arbiter of your eligibility of licensure, each student must verify with the board that his/her studies are acceptable for licensure. All students in the program are assigned an academic advisor who will guide them in the licensure process.
The curriculum prepares graduates to be professional practitioners in a variety of community settings and institutions: