Potential marriage and family therapists have a few graduate program options in this state. Since a license to practice is required in New Jersey, programs aim to prepare students to pass the state exam, and gain some practical experience in counseling.
Most programs include instruction in the fundamentals of family development as well as ethical, legal and professional considerations for those practicing marriage and family counseling. Those seeking licensure must complete a graduate program in this field or show evidence of equivalent coursework.
This school is located in Union and is the state's third-largest public institution. Through the Nathan Weiss Graduate College, students can pursue a Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy. This professional training program consists of 66 credits and meets the educational requirements required to achieve licensure as a marriage and family therapist in New Jersey. Incoming learners who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree are eligible for the program, and students who enter the program without a master's degree receive a Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in psychological services after completing 33 credits of required coursework. Students enrolled in this professional diploma program must participate in a two-semester internship that requires the completion of 500 client contact hours and 100 hours of direct supervision. Courses cover learning theory and applications, statistical methods, family counseling and marital therapy theories/techniques.
Seton Hall University
South Orange's Seton Hall University was established in 1856 and offers a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program that prepares students for licensure. The program requires students to complete 60 credits and 500 hours of clinical training. An Educational Specialist in Marriage and Family Therapy program is intended for students who have a master's degree and would like to specialize in marriage and family therapy. This 39-credit program also requires students to complete 500 hours of direct contact with clients and prepares graduates to become licensed in the state. These are the only two programs in New Jersey that are accredited by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. The Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy is intended for professionals who already have a license-eligible degree but would like to receive marriage and family therapy training before beginning work in the field.
The College of New Jersey
Located in Ewing, The College of New Jersey offers a post-master's educational specialist degree program in marriage and family therapy. This option is intended for counselors who already have a master's degree in a different area and are interested in the marriage and family therapy specialization. Students must complete at least 24 credits of courses that include assessment and intervention; theory and development of family systems; and ethical, legal and professional issues. This program satisfies the educational requirements that are needed to become a licensed marriage and family therapist in New Jersey. Students can also pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in marriage, couple and family counseling and therapy. This degree program consists of 60 credits and includes coursework in theory and development of family systems, couples in relationships, fundamentals of family development and group counseling. Both of these programs can prepare students to pursue licensure in New Jersey.
In New Jersey, to qualify for a license in this field of counseling, one must have a master's degree and at least two years of supervised clinical experience. In addition to these requirements, a marriage and family therapist needs to pass a designated exam. Once licensed, marriage and family therapists participate in yearly continuing education courses to retain their license.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Marriage and Family Counseling Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Kean University||Four-year, public; large suburb||Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy||$17,133 in-state; $21,998 out-of-state|
|Seton Hall University||Four-year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb|| Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy,
Education Specialist in Marriage and Family Therapy,
Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy
|The College of New Jersey||Four-year, public; small suburb|| Post-Master's Educational Specialist in Marriage and Family Therapy,
Master of Arts in Counseling: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy
|$16,707 in-state, $24,445 out-of-state|
Source: *NCES College Navigator