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Professional Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration

Texas State University

24 months
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The Professional Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration at Texas State University has a strong emphasis on experiential learning integrated with the application of didactic, research-based knowledge.


The Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in Professional Counseling at Texas State University consists of four concentrations:

  • clinical mental health counseling,
  • marital, couple and family counseling, and
  • school counseling
  • school counselor - Texas Certificate

These four areas of concentration in the professional counseling major have required course sequences that build skills through three levels, from basic to advanced, via didactic and experiential activities.

Key facts:

The curriculum includes core foundations in theories, interventions, assessment, and research. In addition, core tenets that are emphasized throughout the program include diversity, ethics, professional development, and self-awareness. Internship is required as the capstone experience. The concentration in clinical mental health counseling; marriage, couple, and family counseling; and school counseling are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

The concentration of School Counselor - Texas Certificate, has similar courses and sequencing as the areas above. This concentration is focused on developing strong clinical skills and meeting the requirements of the Texas State Board of Educator Certification.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Theories of Counseling and Personality
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Advanced Counselor Ethics
  • Basic Counseling Skills and Abnormal Behavior
  • Career Counseling
  • Dynamics & Processes in Group Counseling
  • Psychopathology in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Developmental Issues in Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling Methods
  • Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • official GRE or GMAT scores required with a preferred competitive minimum of 291
  • resume/CV 
  • informed consent form
  • three letters of recommendation

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for San Marcos

921 - 1707 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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