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UT Tyler Psychology and Counseling

Graduate Admission Requirements

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is intended to prepare students to counsel persons experiencing psychological disturbance due to developmental, educational, career, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, cultural, relational or environmental issues. Students develop competencies in diagnosis and assessment, evidence-based counseling/psychotherapy techniques, group processes, human development, cultural diversity, addiction and career counseling. Students who complete their degrees and meet state certification or licensing requirements may be employed in a variety of mental health settings. All Clinical Mental Health Counseling students will complete a specified program that provides foundational knowledge and skills to be an effective mental health counselor. Graduates of the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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.

UT Tyler's CMHC's program is a CACREP accredited program designed to prepare graduates to become Licensed Professional Counselors with the appropriate post-graduation experiences.

Admission to the program requires a Bachelor's degree.  A GPA of 3.0 or greater is preferred, but all applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Work, volunteer and life experiences, goals and exemplary motivation are factors that can enhance an application.

Clinical Psychology: General, Neuropsychology

The Clinical Psychology program provides the opportunity for the student to understand, evaluate, and counsel persons with psychological problems, and to draw upon community resources for assistance in working with these persons. Specialization in Neuropsychology is available for graduate students completing an M.S. in Clinical Psychology. The sequence of courses includes brain functioning and neuroanatomy, psychopharmacology, organic mental diseases, diagnosis and neuropsychological assessment. Students who complete all requirements in the clinical area, and who become licensed, often work in psychiatric hospitals, in mental health centers, or with doctorate-level psychologists in private practice. The M.S. degree plan fulfills the educational requirements necessary to qualify for the Licensed Psychological Associate licensure from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Application to all Clinical Psychology programs requires an acceptable score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.

GRE/GPA Requirements (Clinical Psychology Students Only):

The Department of Psychology and Counseling requires official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores to be submitted for admission consideration to the Clinical Psychology programs. Please be aware that only the General Test is required. GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to our Office of Graduate Admissions. The university code for The University of Texas at Tyler is 6850. The total score of both the quantitative and verbal section is reviewed according to the point system below. Students who hold a prior graduate degree do not need to report GRE scores.

Using the following table, an applicant must obtain a total score of 5 points (GPA + GRE) AND score no less than one point in either category (GRE or GPA) to be considered for admission to the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology.

GPA

GPA Points

GRE Total

Percentile

T-Score

GRE Points

3.50-4.00

5

318

84th

60

5

3.25-3.49

4

304

70th

55

4

3.00-3.24

3

297

50th

50

3

2.75-2.99

2

285

30th

45

2

2.50-2.74

1

277

16th

40

1

 

Prerequisites (Clinical Psychology Students Only)

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Experimental Psychology/Research Methods
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Tests and Measurement
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology

Admission to the graduate degree programs is not dependent upon prior completion of the undergraduate prerequisites. However, students should complete these courses during their first two semesters in the program.

International Students (TOEFL/IELTS):

The minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores are 560 on the paper and pencil test, 220 on the computer-based test, or 87 on the internet-based test (TOEFL/IBT), or overall band score of 7.0 (IELTS). TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for only two years.

Transcripts

Submit complete transcripts reflecting the reception of a Bachelor's degree and any other relevant undergraduate and graduate coursework. Students who have not completed their Bachelor's degree at the time of application should send their most recent incomplete transcript. Students should request official academic transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. It is preferred that students also send an unofficial copy of their academic transcripts to the Department of Psychology & Counseling for faster application processing. Any request by the student for acceptance of graduate transfer credit should be directed to their Psychology & Counseling faculty advisor.

Graduate Transfer Credit Form

Application Submission

Deadlines:

Preferred deadlines for application are February 1 for fall admission, October 1 for spring admission and May 1 for summer admission. Applications received after the preferred deadlines are still reviewed and admissions are offered according to availability. Admission is based on multiple criteria (see below).

There are two portions of the application process:

Part One:

Part Two:

  • After you have submitted your application, send all of the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below:
    • All official academic transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework.
    • CLINICAL PSYCH MS APPLICANTS ONLY: Official GRE scores, which must have been taken within the last five years.  Our ETS code is 6850. 

The Office of Graduate Admissions, STE 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

  • Complete the Department Information Sheet which contains the Statement of Purpose. Please do not complete the Department Information Sheet until you are also ready to submit the Statement of Purpose.
  • Submit a completed reference request form to distribute three Evaluations of Academic Potential.  Do not complete until you have submitted your application and you have a student ID.
  • Complete required Background Check. There is a $45 fee. Use package code UM12bg.

For additional questions regarding the application process, please contact PsycCounAdmissions@uttyler.edu.

If you have difficulties with the electronic version of the application documents linked above, please use these documents:

Graduate Assistantships

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