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What You Learn

Our program provides you many options and flexibility to meet your career goals:

  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling option meets the Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) requirements to begin the process of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • The School Counseling option qualifies you for New Jersey Department of Education’s School Counselor Certification
  • The School Counseling with LPC Qualification option provides flexibility in career directions as graduates receive the School Counselor Certification and meet the Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) requirements
  • The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling option meets the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) requirements and is approved by the New Jersey Certification Board
  • The College Counseling and Student Services option prepares students for work in a variety of student-related positions in higher education, including campus counseling centers and eligibility for the Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) upon completion of 60 credits

Classes at our Union campus are on weeknights, with some Saturday and Sunday courses. Kean Ocean operates as a part-time program with the majority of classes on Saturday and Sunday, with some weeknight classes. Faculty help you achieve your goals and prepare you to become licensed or certified.

Application Deadlines:

Fall: March 15 (Main/Union Campus)
May 1 (Ocean Campus)

Spring: November 15th (Main/Union Campus Only)
December 5th (Ocean Campus Only)

Admission Requirements

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4723.

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Counseling - Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (M.A.)

Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Counseling- College Counseling and Student Services (M.A.)

Counseling - School Counseling (M.A.)

Counseling - School Counseling (M.A.) and LPC Qualification

Student Assistance Coordinator Certification

Director of School Counseling Certification - Post-Master's degree

Post-Master's Non-Degree - Licensed Professional Counselor

Kean’s counseling program is suited for driven individuals who are eager to learn, develop, create and challenge their knowledge and skill set as future clinicians.

Jerome Croix
M.A. in Counseling Clinical Mental Health

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning and professional growth extend far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities, internships and more that we offer to advance your career and set the stage for continued success.

Counseling Honor Society

Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling and promotes a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness, compassion and human dignity.

Counselor Ed honor society
Counseling Honor Society

Community Counseling and Wellness Center

The Community Counseling and Wellness Center on Kean's main campus features state-of-the-art equipment. Doctoral students work closely with their faculty supervisors to provide individual and group counseling as well as Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy and Filial Therapy for children and families.

Counselor Ed center
Community Counseling and Wellness Center

Conferences, Symposiums & Events

Imagine: A Center for Loss and Grief, the New Jersey School Counselor Association, Voices of September 11 conference (shown in photo), as well as the American Counseling Association and the NJ Counseling Association conferences, are examples of how our faculty contributes to the community.

9/11 symposium at Kean
Conferences, Symposiums & Events


The School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling options are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

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