Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is intended to prepare students to counsel persons experiencing distress, rather than severe psychological disturbances. Students receive instruction in group processes, human development, and guidance counseling, in addition to instruction in assessment and counseling techniques. Students who complete their degrees and meet state certification or licensing requirements may be employed in settings similar to those employing clinical psychology graduates and other mental health professionals.
Students may specialize in couple and family counseling. These students are instructed in systems theory and in assessment and counseling techniques that pertain to couples, divorce and family problems, including child sexual abuse and family violence.
Students seeking admission to the counseling psychology degree program should consult the psychology graduate advisor or should have completed the following undergraduate prerequisites: Introductory Psychology, Psychological Statistics and Laboratory, Experimental Psychology and Laboratory, Learning and Conditioning, Tests and Measurement, and Abnormal Psychology.
The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree programs requires 60 credit hours of course work.
Certification and Licensure
Graduates of the M.A. in Counseling Psychology are eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. In addition to the degree, the LPC requires successful passage of the National Counselor Examination (NCE), followed by 3000 hours of supervised practice in a counseling role.