Counseling and Guidance

Degrees and Specializations

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) 


MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  
60 credits in the CMHC including 

  • Rural Mental Health Counseling emphasis: 60 credits  
  • School Counseling emphasis: 60 credits (dual areas)

This is a 60-hour degree designed exclusively to provide graduates with the necessary coursework to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Texas and to promote academic excellence, scholarly research, and equality in professional counseling. This degree also offers an emphasis in “Rural Mental Health Counseling,” which is the only few in the nation. Upon graduation, the graduate is eligible to sit for the National Counselor’s Examination and the Texas Jurisprudence Examination. With these requirements completed, the graduate will apply with the state of Texas for a temporary license, becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. Interns are required to complete 3000 hours of direct and indirect service under the supervision of a Texas State Board of Examiner of Licensed Professional Counselors approved supervisor. After 3000 hours under supervision, the LPC Intern will submit the necessary paper work to the state to receive his or her permanent license.  It is the graduate’s responsibility to complete all of the necessary steps toward licensure post-graduation.

CMHC Degree Plan (Click Here).

Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance 

MS in Counseling and Guidance
48 credits (meets TEA requirements for certification)

This is a 48-hour degree designed for those who seek certification in Texas as a School Counselor. Upon completion of the degree program, students will have met all relevant educational requirements for Texas Education Agency school counselor certification. Students seeking school counseling certification should consult with the school counselor program coordinator and the certification office on campus regarding current state certification requirements to ensure eligibility prior to graduation.

Degree Plan (Click Here)