Universities and 4-year colleges in New Jersey offer graduate programs for students who wish to become professional counselors. Master's degree programs are the most common, though some graduate certificate programs also exist. In some cases, students can specialize, such as in school counseling or alcohol and drug abuse counseling. Students will complete supervised fieldwork, and internships and practicum are often included. Students may need to complete some prerequisite coursework in psychology in order to gain admittance to a program.
Below is an overview of 10 of the largest schools in the state offering the courses and credits needed for a licensed professional counselor credential. In addition, there is a table comparing each school, their degree programs and tuition.
Centenary College, located in Hackettstown, offers a master's degree program in counseling that meets the state of New Jersey's requirements for a licensed professional counselor. The program includes 60 credits in courses and field experience. Courses in the program include personality theory, career counseling, maladaptive behavior, counseling theory, human growth and development, group dynamics and diagnostic assessments. Students must complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised field experience and have a GPA of at least 3.0 to earn the degree.
Fairleigh Dickinson University - College at Florham
The Madison campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University offers a 60-credit master's degree program in clinical mental health counseling that meets the state requirements for a licensed professional counselor. The program requires students to complete 600 hours of internship at a mental health counseling facility and 100 hours of practicum to earn the degree. Courses in the program include counseling skills, diagnosis and treatment planning, behavioral research, crisis intervention, multicultural counseling, addictions counseling and psychopharmacology.
Kean University, in Union, New Jersey, offers two master's degree programs that meet the state requirements for a licensed professional counselor. Students may select the clinical mental health counseling or the school counseling and LPC option to qualify for the counselor's examination and state licensure. The program consists of 60 credits in coursework, internships and a practicum.
West Long Branch's Monmouth University has a master's degree program in mental health counseling that meets the state's 60-credit requirement for a license as a professional counselor. The program includes 39 credits in core courses, 9 credits in electives and 12 credits in clinical placements. Courses in the program include mental health counseling, psychopathology, testing and assessment in counseling, human development, multicultural counseling, group counseling and psychopharmacology.
New Jersey City University
The master's degree in counseling program at New Jersey City University in Jersey City requires students to complete 39 credits in required courses and 9 credits in internships and a practicum in counseling. Students may select the additional courses in counseling electives to complete the remaining 12 credits and meet the state requirements. Students may also select a master's degree program in school counseling with additional counseling courses to meet the 60-credit requirement.
Lawrenceville, New Jersey's Rider University has a mental health counselor program at the master's degree level for students planning a career as a licensed professional counselor. The courses in the program include counseling psychology theories, group counseling, psychopathology, human growth and development, community counseling and substance abuse counseling. The master's program includes internships and an individual counseling practicum.
The curriculum at Glassboro, New Jersey's Rowan University includes coursework, 600 hours of supervised experience and a thesis. Courses in the program include counseling theory, assessment, psychopathology, research methods, group counseling, psychopharmacology and social and cultural diversity. To enter the program, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in undergraduate psychology courses. The school also offers a certificate program for students who possess a master's degree in counseling psychology, but lack the 60 credits required to obtain a license in New Jersey.
Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University is located in South Orange, New Jersey and offers a master's degree program in counseling for aspiring licensed professional counselors. The program includes 48 credits in counseling courses and an additional 12 credits in advanced courses. Program courses include counseling theory, abnormal psychology, psychology of human development, counselor ethics and counseling skills.
The College of New Jersey
The master's degree program in Ewing, New Jersey's College of New Jersey offers students an opportunity to select electives in general counseling or substance abuse and addiction. Students who pursue elective courses in substance abuse and addiction qualify for a New Jersey license as a clinical alcohol and drug counselor and professional counselor. The general counseling option qualifies students to apply for licensure as a licensed professional counselor.
William Paterson University of New Jersey
William Paterson University of New Jersey, located in Wayne gives students an opportunity to complete a 48-credit master's degree program with the option to add an additional 12 credits in elective courses to meet state licensing requirements. The courses in the program prepare students to take the National Counselor Examination, which is a requirement for a license in New Jersey. In addition to coursework, the master's degree program includes supervised fieldwork.
To obtain a license in New Jersey as a professional counselor, the state requires applicants to complete 60 semester hours of education at the graduate level. The program must include coursework in areas such as counseling theory and practice, human growth and development, the helping relationship, group dynamics, lifestyle and career development, research and evaluation, social and cultural foundations and the counseling profession. Fourteen programs in the state offer counseling programs that meet the state requirements for a licensed professional counselor.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Professional Licensed Counselor Degree Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Centenary College||Four-year; private, non-profit; suburb||Master of Arts in Counseling||$16,614*|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University - College at Florham||Four-year; private, non-profit; suburb||Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||$23,802*|
|Kean University||Four-year, public, suburb|| Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Option,
Master of Arts in Counseling - Combined School Counseling and LPC Option
|$17,133 in-state; $21,998 out-of-state*|
|Monmouth University||Four-year; private, non-profit; suburb||Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling||$26,814*|
|New Jersey City University||Four-year, public, midsize city|| Master of Arts in Counseling,
Master of Arts in School Counseling
|$12,802 in-state; $20,484 out-of-state*|
|Rider University||Four-year; private, non-profit; suburb||Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||$22,048*|
|Rowan University||Four-year, public, suburb|| Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling,
Mental Health Counseling Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
|Seton Hall University||Four-year; private, non-profit; suburb||Master of Arts in Professional Counseling||$23,422*|
|The College of New Jersey||Four-year, public, suburb||Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||$16,707 in-state; $24,445 out-of-state*|
|William Paterson University of New Jersey||Four-year, public, suburb||Master of Arts in Applied Clinical and Counseling Psychology||$12,904 in-state; $20,050 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator