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    Departmental Mission Statement

    The department's graduate level programs are designed to train a diverse body of highly qualified students to be practitioners, leaders and advocates in the field of mental health. Our programs are designed to be accredited and are based on humanistic values promoting prevention, wellness, personal growth and human development, and on the benefits of counselor-client interaction. Our students will be individually supported to receive an effective educational experience tailored to their needs. Our graduates will meet the academic and skill requirements for state and national licensing and certification, and given a foundation for further education in the field.

    The graduate programs in the Department of Professional Counseling aim to develop mental health professionals who can effectively address issues of wellness, personal growth, and pathology for the benefit of a diverse population.

    The department offers three unique graduate degree options:

    • The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students for licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). This 60-credit program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
    • The Master of Arts in Addiction Studies prepares students for licensure as Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADC). This 33-credit program is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Committee (NASAC) and the International Coalition of Addiction Studies Educators (INCASE).
    • The Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling is an eighteen-credit program designed for students who are completing or have completed a CACREP-accredited Master's degree in counseling and are in need of additional hours to complete the educational requirements of the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure in NJ.

    These programs satisfy academic requirements for the LPC and LCADC by providing course work in the core areas required for licensure. Our graduates are expected to contribute to and be leaders in their field through practice, education, and professional excellence.

    Why is getting a master's degree so important? Learn more about the reasons and how it can help your career here.


    Congratulations to department faculty member, Dr. Sarah Springer, and current students Christine Hennigan and Vanessa Howard on winning the 2017 ACAC Research Grant! The research study is titled Addressing Suicidality: Examining Pre-Service School Counselors’ Perceptions of their Training Experiences. They will receive a $500 award that will be given at the ACAC membership meeting at the ACA conference in San Francisco later this month.

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    Monmouth University Department of Professional Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4242. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Monmouth University Department of Professional Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


    "Students enrolled in our programs learn to look at a problem from a variety of angles. By the time they graduate, they have a more comprehensive view of what makes people tick."

    George Kapalka, PhD
    Department of Professional Counseling