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Frequently Asked Questions

ADMISSION TO MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

If I have questions about the admission process, who do I ask?

The graduate admission office can be reached at 732.571.3452 or gradadm@monmouth.edu

What is required for admission? 

Admission requirements for the MA can be found here.

Does my undergraduate coursework meet the admission requirements? 

Admission to the Professional Counseling programs presumes that students possess a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits in psychology, including Personality Theory, Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, and Research Methods. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be required to register for the necessary undergraduate courses.

MA in ADDICTION STUDIES PROGRAM

The 33-credit Master of Arts in Addiction Studies is intended for students seeking licensure as Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADC) in New Jersey. This program prepares students to become addiction counselors who work with individuals, groups, couples, and families impacted by various types of substance use and addictive disorders. It is accredited by INCASE (International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education) and NASAC (National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission).

 

What are the benefits of obtaining the Master of Arts in Addiction Studies? 

The Masters in Addiction Studies is intended for students seeking licensure as Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADC) in New Jersey. The program prepares students to become addiction counselors who work with individuals, groups, couples, and families impacted by various types of substance use and addictive disorders. It is accredited by INCASE (International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education) and NASAC (National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission).

The MA in Addiction Studies prepares graduates to be professional counselors in a variety of settings:

Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies and Clinics

Addiction Rehabilitation Programs

Long-Term Treatment Facilities

Community Education Programs

Community Mental Health Centers

 

Does the Master of Arts in Addiction Studies track prepare me for obtaining the LCADC? 

Yes. The MA in Addiction Studies was developed to meet the educational requirements for the LCADC, a New Jersey state license. Since it’s not possible to meet LCADC requirements within 30 credits, students in this track are required to complete 11 courses totaling 33 credits. The curriculum covers the ten core areas required for LCADC licensure in New Jersey. Because the licensing board is the final arbiter of your eligibility for 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. You must also have two years or 3,000 hours of supervised experience working with substance use disorder clients, and you must pass a written national exam and an oral exam.

 

If I decide I want to switch into the 60 credit MS program in order to obtain my LPC license, am I allowed to do this? 

Yes, provided you’re in good standing in the program. Simply go onto E-Forms in the WebStudent section of the MU homepage and look for “Change of Curriculum” you submit your request online.

 

Can I obtain BOTH an MA and an MS from Monmouth? 

No, NJ Dept of Education doesn’t allow you to use the same credits towards two degrees

 

If I’m in the MS program, can I still take courses that will allow me to qualify for the LCADC?   

Yes, provided you take all of your electives in the Addiction Studies concentration.

 

I’ve heard about something called the SAC certification. What is the SAC? 

This stands for Student Assistance Counselor. The SAC endorsement is offered by MU School of Education in conjunction with our program. Student assistance counselors work with middle and high school students on a variety of issues including alcohol/drug problems.

 

Can I go for both the LCADC license and the SAC certification through the MA program? 

Yes provided you register with the MU School of Education and that you take PC540, PC542, PC546 and ED555. You will be assigned to a field placement by Dr. O’Connell in the School of Education.

 

When can I take the national exam for alcohol/drug counselors? 

The national exam can be taken once you complete the 270 hours of alcohol/drug specific education as part of the MA program.

 

How long will it take me to get through the MA program? 

This depends on how many credits you take per semester (most students take at least 6 credits per semester) and whether you take courses in the Summer. You can graduate in about two years if you take summer courses plus 12 credits in the Fall/Spring semester.

 

ABOUT PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

What’s the difference between a psychologist and a counselor? Can both professionals perform the same tasks? 

These are sister professions, both based on psychological principles, but requiring different degrees for independent practice. With the exception of school psychologists, who can practice (only within school settings) with a master’s degree, psychologists must generally obtain a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree (and a psychology license) to practice, while mental health counselors are eligible for licensure in NJ after completing a master’s degree (60 credits of graduate study are required). After licensure, psychologists generally perform a wide range of duties, including counseling/psychotherapy, psychological testing, and forensic work (like child custody evaluations), and some states allow psychologists who complete additional medical training to prescribe medications.

Conversely, professional counselors are authorized to perform counseling/psychotherapy and limited-scope assessments (for example, as part of career counseling). In addition, there are many psychological instruments that are available only to psychologists.

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