Master of Arts in Counseling

Become a clinical mental health counselor in a range of clinical, community, and human service settings by completing our CACREP-accredited curriculum. The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) degree is a 60-hour program offered in combination of face-to-face and online courses to accommodate working professionals. 

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Students select the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program if they want to complete coursework needed in the State of Texas to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

A comprehensive examination is required for graduation and is taken when enrolled in Supervised Practicum (COUN 6376). Students must be enrolled in the university when taking the comprehensive examination and when applying for graduation.

CMHC Program - Preparation for Licensed Professional Counselor

Students completing the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program will have the academic and clinical experience requirements needed to apply for a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate (LPC-Associate) in the state of Texas. Students may also choose electives that provide them with more specific training for working with special populations (e.g., play therapy, trauma). LPC-Associates are qualified to work under supervision in a variety of mental health settings, including private practice, non-profit counseling agencies, hospitals, correctional settings, college counseling centers, and substance-abuse treatment centers. Once fully licensed (LPC), graduates of this program may work independently in private practice and other mental health settings. Additionally, CMHC students may earn Graduate Certificates in Play Therapy and/or Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling. 

Additional information: Reference the Program Landing Page for additional information, such as cost, delivery format, contact information, or to schedule a visit.

Applications for entrance into the Master of Arts in Counseling (CMHC) are accepted for Fall and Spring admission. See program landing page for application deadlines. Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling (CMHC) must submit the following items directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions through their Self-Service Portal, which will be activated after submitting your application through Apply Texas:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee 
  3. Official transcript from undergraduate institution conferring the undergraduate degree.
  4. Three Reference Forms:
    1. at least two reference forms provided by former or current employers or professors.
    2. one reference from a professional acquaintance but cannot be a family member or an applicant's personal medical or behavioral health provider.
  5. Personal Statement that addresses identified prompts.
  6. Official GRE General Test scores
    1. The GRE requirement will be waived for applicants meeting the one of the following conditions:
      1. possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
      2. have completed at least nine hours of graduate level course work with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The Counselor Education master's admissions committee will consider all applications through a holistic review process.  After reviewing the pool of applicants, the master's admissions committee will recommend the top candidates for interview process.  Applicants invited for the interview will be given specific guidelines for the process. 

Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CACREP Accredited)
Specified Courses
COUN 5011Counseling Profession & Ethics3
COUN 5334Diagnostics and Intervention in Counseling3
COUN 5336Advanced Behavior Pharmacology3
COUN 5364Theories Of Counseling3
COUN 5370Career Counseling Across Lifespan3
COUN 5379Methods Of Research3
COUN 5385Pre-Practicum: Techniques Of Counseling3
COUN 5392Cross Cultural Issues In Counseling3
COUN 5393Administrative Clinical Mental Health Services3
COUN 5394Crisis and Trauma Counseling3
COUN 5397Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan3
COUN 6332Theories: Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling3
COUN 6350Counselor Ethics: Management, Law, and Practice3
COUN 6363Assessment in Guidance and Counseling3
COUN 6364Counseling For Addictions3
COUN 6374Group Counseling3
COUN 6376Supervised Practice In Counseling3
COUN 6386Internship (First Semester) 13
COUN 6386Internship (Second consecutive semester) 13
Restricted Electives
Select one of the following:3
Child & Adolescent Counseling
Sandtray Therapy
Play Therapy Basics
Techniques Of Couples Counseling
Counseling For Sexual Concerns
Techniques of Family Counseling
Total Hours60

COUN 6386 is taken twice for a minimum of six hours.


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The MA in Counseling is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Higher-order thinking.
  • Oral and written communication.
  • Professional conduct and ethical behavior.
  • Multicultural and diversity competencies.
  • Self-awareness of inter/intrapersonal relationships.
  • Ability to apply counseling and development knowledge to professional practice.