Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is intended to prepare students to counsel persons experiencing psychoemotional distress, rather than severe psychological disturbances. Students develop competencies in group processes, human development and cultural diversity, career counseling, assessment and evidence-based counseling/psychotherapy techniques. Students who complete their degrees and meet state certification or licensing requirements may be employed in a variety of mental health settings.
Counseling Psychology students may complete a generalized program or a specialization in couple and family counseling. These students develop competencies 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 have completed the following undergraduate prerequisites: Introductory Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Research Methods, Learning and Conditioning, Tests and Measurement, and Abnormal Psychology. Students lacking these program undergraduate pre-requisites should take them as soon as possible during their graduate program. Tests and Measurement can be taken at the graduate level (PSYC 5301) and then count as a program elective.
The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree programs requires 60 credit hours of graduate 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.