The Master of Arts in Counseling meets the requirements of various state licensure boards, enabling graduates to sit for licensure exams and, upon passing, to practice in a variety of settings with a temporary license until licensure requirements are fully met. Students must understand that the degree program meets academic requirements for licensure, but additional requirements are necessary to satisfy state board expectations. This program will provide the student with the tools necessary for pursuing state licensure. The program offers specialization tracks in professional counseling (LPC), marriage and family therapy (LMFT) and school counseling (MSC). Students need to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Applicants to the M.A. in Counseling program who have not completed at least 12 hours of undergraduate psychology coursework (or 9 hours of undergraduate psychology coursework and 3 hours of statistics) with a grade of C or higher will be required to enroll in PSYC5003 Introduction to Counseling.
Applicants to the M.A. in Counseling program who have not completed Abnormal Psychology with a grade of C or higher will be required to take PSYC 5013 - Advanced Abnormal Psychology and earn a grade of C or higher prior to enrolling in PSYC 5043 - Psychopathology: Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Disorders .
Applicants to the M.A. in Counseling program who have not completed Elementary Statistics or its equivalent with a grade of C or higher will be required to take PSYC 4603 - Statistics and Research Methods I I and earn a grade of C or higher prior to enrolling in PSYC 5053 - Research Methods . These leveling courses do not count toward hours for degree completion.
Note: Academic requirements for the M.A. in Counseling were increased to 66 hours for the 2015-2016 academic year to meet new requirements set forth by the Texas State Board of Examiners, which will be implemented in 2017.