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Professional Counseling

Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, & School Psychology
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Degree Specialization Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling 60 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling 67 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. Marriage & Family Counseling 60 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Marriage & Family Counseling 67 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. School Counseling 55 hours Non-Thesis No minor
Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester ∞ February 15 February 15
Spring Semester ∞ October 1 October 1
Summer ∞ February 15 February 15
Summer Midterm ∞ February 15 February 15

Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

This program has a firm deadline. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. Applicants with incomplete files after the deadline will be denied admission. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.

Courses are offered at both the main campus in San Marcos and the Round Rock Campus.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Kevin Fall 
College of Education 4015

Advisor Support
Pamela Alvarez 
College of Education 4012

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Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State. The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are Texas State University degree recipients or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each four-year college or university from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of a Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate work) is required.

Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

The Professional Counseling program requires an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be submitted prior to admission consideration with a preferred score of 291 with no less than 150 on the verbal section and 141 on the quantitative section.  If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, the following preferred scores will be considered - a preferred score of 900 (verbal and quantitative combined).  The GRE score is valid for five years after the exam date.  GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College.  The college code for Texas State is 006667.  The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at  Texas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.  The GRE may be waived if the applicant holds a master’s degree from an accredited US institution.  GRE waivers will be submitted to the department on a case-by-case basis if the degree was granted from an accredited international university.

English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not the applicant’s native language or if the applicant is not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver. English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date. Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In order to be eligible for admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

  • TOEFL iBT – 78 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Note: This program does not allow English--based conditional admission ("Bridge") based on TOEFL/IELTS scores. Applicants must submit the required scores for regular admission listed above.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose: Please provide a computer-generated, double-spaced statement in essay form that addresses the following (750 words maximum):
    1.Your professional goals and the reason you are pursuing education and training in Professional Counseling, rather than in another mental health discipline (such as psychology, social work, or counseling psychology);
    2. The reason you chose your specified emphasis [i.e., a) Clinical Mental Health Counseling; b) Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling; c) School Counseling];
    3. Your major strengths and weaknesses with respect to being admitted into this program; and
    4. Your perspective on diversity including: a) how you would contribute to and benefit from the richness of our Professional Counseling Program, and b) how you would increase inclusion of diversity in the counseling profession. Your Statement of Purpose will be evaluated for content, style, and quality. While you may seek consultation and editing suggestions, this statement must be representative of your current level and style of writing and representative of what could be expected from you if accepted into the Program.

Applicants will electronically submit the documents to The Graduate College at Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or e-mailed to our office will not be attached to applications.

If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.