Students can learn more about four master's programs and one doctoral degree at Texas schools. They will receive training to work as counselors in settings such as mental health organizations, social service agencies, or private practice.
This chart highlights the locations and graduate tuition for the mix of public and private universities in Texas.
|Institution||Location||Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|Amberton University||Garland, TX||$6,370|
|LeTourneau University||Longview, TX||$19,872|
|Lubbock Christian University||Lubbock, TX||$7,884|
|Midwestern State University||Wichita Falls, TX||$5,992 (in-state); $7,162 (out-of-state)|
|Sam Houston State University||Huntsville, TX||$7,575 (in-state); $15,045 (out-of-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Texas Counseling Psychology Graduate Programs
Amberton University is a nondenominational Christian college that offers a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling for students who want to become a licensed professional counselor. Students will need 60 credits to graduate. The curriculum consists of courses like Advanced Counseling Ethics and Multicultural Counseling, along with 300 hours of practicum experience. Students will need to maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their coursework.
Admissions requirements include US citizenship, a bachelor's degree, and relevant work experience. Potential students will need to complete a graduate application.
At this interdenominational Christian college, students can enroll in the online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at LeTourneau University. It is a 66-credit program with required courses such as Counseling Diverse Populations and Lifespan Human Development, in addition to clinical theology classes. Students have their choice of specialization courses, in areas such as addictions counseling or couples therapy. They also have the option of adding a concentration in trauma, which is an additional 6 credit hours. Prospective students must submit an online graduate application.
Lubbock Christian University
Lubbock Christian University is affiliated with Churches of Christ and awards a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with both traditional and online classes. The program typically takes students 11-12 semesters to complete; however, some students have completed it in only 9. Students will need 60 credits for graduation, with core courses like Individual and Family Lifespan Development and Advanced Psychopathology.
Applicants will first need to complete the university's general application process that includes the following:
- Graduate application with $35 fee
- Official bachelor's degree transcripts: Applicants will need at least a 3.0 GPA for unconditional acceptance.
- Three reference letters
Approved applicants must then complete the department's application process, which includes a $25 personality test, two essays, and an interview with departmental faculty.
Midwestern State University
Students can earn a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health at Midwestern State University. The program will prepare students to serve as licensed professional counselors and requires 60 credit hours for graduation. Students will complete courses in areas like Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Human Relations. A concentration in school counseling is also available.
Students will need to complete an online graduate application with a $35 fee. They will also need to supply their official transcripts and appropriate graduate test scores.
Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston state University has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. Students must enroll full-time and will be assigned a faculty mentor for their research. The program will prepare students for careers in both clinical practice and research settings. Students will complete 108 credit hours to earn their degree, with specified courses in History and Systems of Psychology and Empirically Supported Treatment.
The admissions process involves the following:
- Graduate application
- Degree application
- Official transcripts
- Personal statement
- Three recommendation letters
- GRE scores
- Published articles (if applicable)
Texas students can pursue either a master's or doctoral degree in counseling psychology. Programs may offer students the opportunity to specialize in certain areas of concentration.