Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Counseling offers the opportunity for advanced study and professional development in the fields of Community and School counseling. Students may earn credit toward a state-level counseling license to practice in community settings (Licensed Professional Counselor). Credit may also be earned toward a School Counselor endorsement on a Teacher's certificate (or, with additional courses, a Special Education Counselor endorsement.) A thesis option emphasizes the development of research competencies critical to continued graduate-level study.
Admission requirements and prerequisites: An undergraduate degree in Education, Psychology or Sociology is required. Students not meeting this requirement will need to have 18 semester hours of leveling courses in either, psychology, sociology, education or a closely related field. Please contact the department for more information regarding these requirements.
Why pursue an M.A. in Counseling?
The Masters of Arts in Counseling program is a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) that offers two tracks:
- School track: to become a certified school counselor in Texas (with two years of teaching experience at the time you apply for state certification)
- Community track: to obtain a License to Practice Counseling (LPC) in the community setting
- The PhD program is in Counselor Education and Supervision offers students the opportunity to learn to become professionals in future careers in research, academic and clinical settings.
Candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Counseling must earn a minimum of 48 semester credit hours. Students must pass a comprehensive written examination toward the end of their formal coursework.
For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Admission pre-requisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study. Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate coursework.
Graduate Studies Application: Yes
Department Application: No
Transcripts: Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
Test Scores: No
Resume or CV: No
3 Letters of Recommendation:
Statement of Purpose:
Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 600 paper/100 internet
Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 7
Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.
Application Deadline Dates
Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Summer- April 1
Fall- July 1
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1
Graduate Advisor of Record: Kristina Talamantez, M.S.
Telephone: (210) 458-2723
Degree Catalog Link:
Career Options Available for a Masters of Arts in Counseling Graduate:
Course Scheduling and Offerings:
The majority of courses are offered in the evenings one night a week from 5:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. at the downtown campus.
Research taking place in the Counseling (M.A.) program:
Creative interventions relative to relationship issues, grief and loss. Relational Cultural Theory, multicultural issues in counseling, behavioral health issues, brief family consultation, creative approaches to aging, on-line counseling, addictions, suicidality, crisis intervention, treatment of trauma, mentoring in the learning environment, legal and ethical issues in school counseling, injurious behaviors, rape and sexual assault.