The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth is a 30-credit foundational program that also offers students the option to specialize in mental health counseling and school counseling. Additionally, applicants who already hold a graduate degree in counseling can apply as visiting students to complete coursework required for certification or licensure.
The counseling psychology curriculum provides a solid professional foundation for all students – whether seeking to enter a doctoral program, or seeking professional expertise in school counseling or mental health counseling. The curriculum encourages students to consider the helping relationship in light of current trends and challenges and will help develop the expertise to meet these challenges.
Unique Elements of This Program
- Program specializations:
- Counseling psychology.
- Mental health counseling, approved curriculum, N.J. Professional Counselor Examiners Committee.
- School counseling, endorsed by N.J. Department of Education.
- Visiting students may complete coursework required for certification or licensure.
- Allows students to start in any semester (spring, summer, and fall).
- Part-time enrollment at convenient times.
- Small class size maximizes learning and interaction with highly credentialed faculty members.
- Provides a rigorous foundation in research and quantitative methods, particularly in outcomes assessment.
- Completed application,
- Personal statement,
- Two letters of recommendation,
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) colleges/universities attended.
For International Students:
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. International transcripts must be evaluated by NACES (i.e. WES) on a course by course basis.
- TOEFL/IELTS (if necessary).
Counseling Psychology (30 credits)
This 30-credit foundation program is the main track in the degree. It is designed for students who are planning to apply to doctoral programs or who want to utilize psychology for personal enrichment, to improve their professional life, and/or to realize future career potential.
This track can be built upon for those who seek professional licensure or certifications.
School Counseling (18 additional credits)
School Counseling is a program designed to prepare professionals with an interest in working with children in educational settings. Building on the core counseling curriculum, this specialty adds courses designed to prepare graduates with the skills needed to assess and counsel children regarding personal, social, educational and vocational concerns and to develop cooperative relationships with community agencies in assisting children and families.
This program is endorsed by N.J. Department of Education for school counseling certification upon graduation.
Mental Health Counseling (30 additional credits)
The Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare professionals for work in a variety of mental health or human services settings, including mental health counseling facilities, training and vocational rehabilitation centers, child welfare and family counseling agencies, institutions for the aging, and other social and community organizations, as well as private practice.
This 60-credit program fulfills the educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey.
Visiting Student Option
Qualified applicants may be accepted as visiting students to complete coursework required for certification or licensure.