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Professional Counseling

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Kevin Fall
profcounadm@txstate.edu
512.245.2081
Education Building,
Room 4015

Advisor Support
Pamela Alvarez
p_r50@txstate.edu
512.245.2579
Education Building,
Room 4012

Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, & School Psychology
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The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) accredited program features internationally known faculty, two state-of-the-art community counseling clinics and a rigorous curriculum focusing on experiential learning integrated with the application of didactic, research-based knowledge. Core tenets emphasized throughout the program include diversity, ethics, professional development and self-awareness.

Master's Degree Programs

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling 60 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling 67 Thesis No minor
M.A. Marriage & Family Counseling 60 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Marriage & Family Counseling 67 Thesis No minor

Master's Degree + Professional Certification Program

Degree Concentration & Certification Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. School Counseling 55 Non-Thesis No minor

Professional Certification Exam
You will be eligible to take the Texas Education Agency school counselor exam upon successful completion of the school counseling concentration.

Texas State Round Rock Campus
These programs can be completed in Round Rock, though taking courses in both San Marcos and Round Rock will result in quicker degree completion.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall February 15 February 15
Spring October 1 October 1
Summer I February 15 February 15
Summer II February 15 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • $55 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission to the master's + professional certification program)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.


GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores required with a preferred minimum of 291 with no less than 150 in the verbal section and 141 in the quantitative section

  The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Documents

  • informed consent form*
  • resume/CV*
  • statement of purpose* 
  • three forms of recommendation (not general reference letters)

*The program requires certain topics to be addressed in these documents. Visit the program's website for more information.  

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL scores for school counseling applicants

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

  • official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 26 speaking
    • 19 writing

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.

TOEFL or IELTS scores for clinical mental health counseling & marriage and family counseling applicants

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 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Additional Information

  Documents
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.