Seton Hall University (M.A. in Counseling)

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M.A. in Counseling
South Orange, New Jersey

Founded in 1856, Seton Hall is a private coeducational Catholic institution—the nation's oldest diocesan institution of higher education in the United States. One of the region's most prestigious academic institutions and a recognized leader in online education, Seton Hall University enrolls approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Seton Hall University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Distance Learning Program

SetonWorldWide, Seton Hall's online campus, provides learners with the opportunity to earn a Seton Hall University degree in an e-learning environment that allows the working professional to fit their education into their busy lifestyle.

Delivery Media

Learners access their online course rooms using an Internet connection—anytime, anywhere. This 24/7 access allows course study and interaction in a flexible user-friendly environment.

Programs of Study

Seton Hall University's online counseling degrees follow a predetermined set of courses and are designed to expertly train students of diverse backgrounds, providing them with a solid, general knowledge base and clinical preparation for advanced work in the mental-health field or in the field of school counseling. The program's primary goal is to provide students with a thorough grounding in the theories, skills, and models of interventions essential to function effectively as counselors in a variety of settings.

The 48-credit curriculum provides students with a thorough background in individual counseling and group counseling skills and theory; clinical practice and ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling; social and cultural factors in counseling; human development across the life span; work, leisure, and career development theories and interventions; appraisal and assessment issues in counseling; the application of research methodology and statistics to understand mental-health issues; and the role and function of community mental-health agencies.

Seton Hall University's 48-credit on line Master of Arts in School Counseling program prepares students for work in educational settings as school guidance counselors and may lead to certification as a school counselor in certain states. The program in school counseling emphasizes the development of competence, social consciousness, and reflection. Students are trained to work in ethnically, geographically, and socially diverse K–12 settings. This program promotes three major counseling functions within the context of school settings: prevention and intervention of personal and interpersonal concerns, fostering of optimal human development, and coordination of care services for students within school systems. Students begin the program learning the basics of counseling skills and foundational theories, and they end the program transitioning from a three-semester applied clinical experience.

Special Programs

A clinical experience is a part of the master's degree. Students receive individual counseling, guidance, and support from dedicated faculty members throughout this aspect of the program to ensure the most professional experience possible during the practicum and internship.

The program curriculum meets many state requirements for licensure. For students requiring an additional number of courses, Seton Hall University offers a 12-credit sequence of courses or a post-masters licensure program online.

Students who are completing the M.A. in Counseling program can also enroll in the 12-credit post-master's School Counselor Certificate program that meets many state requirements for certification as a school counselor in grades K–12, and they can enroll in a post-masters licensing sequence if additional courses are needed.

Student Services

Seton Hall provides online support and assistance throughout the program and learners have online access to Seton Hall University's extensive library resources.

Credit Options

This program is open only to those who are matriculating as new students. Transfer credits are accepted on a selective individual basis.


The program uses Seton Hall University faculty members as well as qualified adjunct professors who are leading experts and practitioners in the field of counseling. Faculty members also engage in traditional classroom teaching and learning. Students have a variety of instructors, all highly qualified. All course facilitators meet requirements as instructors.


All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and submit three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resume. GRE or MAT scores may be waived in individual cases.

Tuition and Fees

The total cost of the 48-credit program is $32,500. This includes all fees, except for the application fee, and all expenses, including books and other materials and room and meals for the short on-campus residencies. Computer equipment, software, Internet access, and travel expenses to the residencies are not covered.

Financial Aid

There are various options for financing a degree from Seton Hall University. In order to be eligible for financial aid, a student must be accepted into a degree program. Financial aid for graduate students is available in the form of a FFELP/Stafford Loan, an alternative loan, or a personal loan. Another option available to students is a budget plan that divides tuition costs into monthly payments. Students are encouraged to check with their human resources departments to determine what educational assistance or tuition reimbursement programs may be available.

To be considered for any federal, state or University financial aid programs administered by Seton Hall, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This free form is used to determine a student's eligibility for all financial aid programs. The FAFSA application can be completed online at The Seton Hall University school code for FAFSA is 002632.


Applicants must submit the completed online application, the $50 nonrefundable application fee, transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate institutions attended, GRE or MAT scores (may be waived in individual cases), TOEFL scores (if applicable), three letters of recommendation, a resume, and a personal statement.


Rosalie Maiorella, Program Administrator
Presidents Hall, Room 324
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, New Jersey 07079
Phone: 973-313-6239
Fax: 973-761-9325
E-mail: [email protected]
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