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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Department of Counseling offers the 60 credit hour Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This clinical program emphasizes creativity, diversity, developmental and relational processes, ethics, and professional identity within Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students may earn credit toward a state license and/or certification to practice in clinical settings (i.e., Licensed Professional Counselor, etc.). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed for students who wish to become mental health counselors and meet the curricular requirements for state of Texas counselor licensure (Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC). This program requires 60 semester hours that includes 700 hours of practicum and internship. 

Why pursue a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

The Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers:

Once you complete the 60-hour CMHC degree, your training will meet or exceed standards established by state and national bodies. We believe the 60-hour CMHC program will provide you with a competitive degree when seeking licensure, applying for Federal employment, working with military families and veterans, and seeking reimbursement through TRICARE and other insurance panels. Furthermore, a 60-hour degree is the new benchmark for training in professional counseling.

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.

Degree Requirements:

  • Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must earn a minimum of 60 semester credit hours that includes 700 hours of practicum and internship. Students must pass a comprehensive portfolio assignment during their internship. 
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission prerequisites

  • To qualify for unconditional admission, applicants must satisfy University-Wide Graduate Admission Requirements.
  • 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.
  • Applicants without adequate coursework preparation in Education, Psychology, Sociology or a related field may be required to take COU 3103 Helping Skills and, at the discretion of the admissions committee, to complete up to 15 additional hours of preparatory courses as a condition of admission. Contact the Graduate Advisor of Record for the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling for more information.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Graduate Studies application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • 3 letters of recommendation required along with an Applicant Rating Form for each letter.
  • A two-page narrative statement is required. Narrative Statement Form.
  • 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.

Career Options Available for a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate

  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

Research taking place in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) 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, legal and ethical issues in school counseling, injurious behaviors, rape and sexual assault.

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Kristina Talamantez, M.S.
Telephone: (210) 458-2723

Graduate Advisor of Record: Heather Trepal


Telephone: (210) 458-2928

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Course Scheduling and Offerings

The majority of courses are offered in the evenings one night a week from 6 PM to 8:45 PM at the Downtown Campus. Some hybrid classes are also offered.

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