Monmouth University


Program name: Student Affairs and College Counseling

College: School of Education

Department: Educational Leadership, School Counseling, and Special Education

Degrees and Emphases: M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs and College Counseling

Contact Person:
Dr. Pietro Sasso
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave
West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Phone: (732) 263-5191
E-mail: [email protected]

Web Page (URL) address:



Through a Student Affairs/College Counseling counselor education framework established by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) standards, the 48 credit M.S.Ed graduate program in Student Affairs and College Counseling is less than one of 50 nationally accredited programs that are designed to prepare student affairs practitioners as educators and counselors, not administrators. Students learn entry-level skills to develop and manage supportive relationships with contemporary college students to foster their development and facilitate learning opportunities. Students will also learn the historical and philosophical ethos of student affairs as a helping profession and integrate counseling theories into educational programs and interventions to promote student persistence towards graduation. Those enrolled in the program will also specifically learn counseling skills, crisis management techniques, career development theories, and are exposed to diversity issues and how counselors as social justice advocates can address historical, societal, and contemporary inequities within their practice. Outcomes are achieved through a unique pedagogical teaching approach incorporated into the student affairs/college counseling courses based on the metatheodol [multiple (meta) theories (the) and models (odel)] approach in which students will learn to integrate counseling approaches, college student development theories, and learning techniques into system, organizational, and administrative models designed to promote and support the holistic development of college students. Assistantships are available for full-time students and internships are required.

The program is currently under consideration for CACREP accreditation. Once accredited, students will be able to earn national licensure (NCC) and eventually complete requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor designation post-graduation.

This program in student affairs and college counseling is a 48-credit curriculum that focuses on the preparation of professional student affairs and college counselors. Students who successfully complete the program will be able to apply for positions at the college and university levels. The curriculum is unique as it has two courses in group facilitation as well as additional courses focusing on behavioral issues, assessment, and social justice/diversity. Through an additional unique pedagogical approach, students become emerging experts in integrating specific theories into student affairs administrative systems.

The program curriculum is based on Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) standards. The program is currently seeking accreditation and undergoing a review. 


Meets ACPA Professional Preparation Commission Standards: YES
Meets CAS Standards: YES


Entrance exam: None required
Thesis: Not an Option
Comprehensive exam: Required
Hours/credits required: 48
Total number of faculty: 8
Number of faculty dedicated to full-time to the program: 4

Updated: 10/03/12