M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings

The Counseling in Educational Settings program at Rowan University prepares professional practitioners in School Counseling. The program seeks to prepare practitioners of the highest quality through a rigorous training process informed by the latest research findings in counselor education. This program fosters reflection and self-activation in our graduates as they partake in a curriculum designed to help them translate theory into action as these apply to realistic settings. Graduates are expected to be change agents in their school and community. They are able to frame counseling services through a system perspective where all students are served. With enhanced sensibility to diverse students, graduates are prepared to meet the challenges of working in a pluralistic society dedicated to the optimal human development of all of its members. This program prepares individuals for careers as School Counselors in K-12 educational settings or for careers in Student Affairs, working in higher education settings.

School Counseling

For individuals who aspire to careers in K-12 schools this program leads to a Master of Arts degree in Counseling in Educational Settings, and also, New Jersey certification in School Counseling. Graduates may work in elementary, middle, and/or secondary school settings, providing student counseling services. Such services include individual and group counseling for students regarding personal, social, and educational needs; consultation with faculty and other professional staff; assessment of individual students regarding personal-social, academic and career interests and needs; consultation with families regarding the individuals educational progress and career-related plans, as well as ones personal and social development; and working cooperatively with community resources in assisting individuals and families.

Student Affairs in Higher Education

For individuals who aspire to careers in Student Affairs at the college and/or university level, this same program offers the Master of Arts degree in Counseling in Educational Settings, with coursework and the Practicum/Internship chosen to reflect career objectives within Student Affairs. Careers in Student Affairs include positions in college counseling centers, career centers, admissions, registrar, student life, resident life and dean of students offices.


  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 48 s.h.
  • Additional requirements: Action Research Project


The following courses make up the M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings program.

Required Courses: 48 semester hours (s.h.)

COUN 26601 course includes an additional $200 field placement fee.

*PSY 22507 OR LDTC 18510

*Students must take COUN 26605 3 times with different topic areas for a total of 3 credits. Please consult Academic Advisor with questions.

These courses have the following pre-requisites:

  • Research and Evaluation Procedures (Pre-reqs: COUN 26520 and COUN 26509and COUN 26526 and COUN 26501 and COUN 26527 and COUN 26582)
  • Practicum/Counseling in Educational Settings (Pre-reqs: COUN 26509 and COUN 26526)
  • Internship/Counseling in Educational Settings (Pre-reqs: COUN 26520 and COUN 26509and COUN 26526 and COUN 26501 and COUN 26527 and COUN 26582)
Total Program Semester Hours: 48

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • In a minimum of 3 pages, tell us about how you might use this program to advance your career. Educational goals beyond the master’s level, if applicable, are also relevant. Place your objectives within a context that includes your experiences and the way these have influenced you in considering counseling as a career path.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional sources that speak to the applicant's academic aptitude

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Submission of official GRE test results (applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better are waived from this requirement)

  • Interview (The Faculty Admissions Committee will contact applicants directly to schedule an interview. The interview may be in person or via phone for distance applicants).

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Spring 2016 01/19/2016 11/01/2015
Fall 2016 09/01/2016 06/01/2016

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$661 $147.90 $808.90