Dr. Kathy Ybanez-Llorente
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||60||Non-Thesis||No minor|
|M.A.||School Counselor||48||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 above concentrations.
|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.
The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.
- $35 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission to the master's certification program)
- $55 nonrefundable application fee
- $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
Transcripts & GPA
- baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
- a copy of an official transcript 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 (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections
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.
- informed consent form
- resume/CV detailing:
- unique competencies that would contribute to your aptitude for graduate study
- personal experiences, such as volunteer work, that have helped prepare you for a role as a future counselor
- any additional language skills
- any technological competence and computer literacy
- statement of purpose (maximum 750 words, typed and double-spaced) detailing:
- your professional goals and the reason you are pursuing education and training in professional counseling, as opposed to another mental health discipline (such as psychology, social work, or counseling psychology)
- your reason for choosing your specified concentration (clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling or school counseling)
- your major strengths and weaknesses with respect to being admitted into this program
- your perspective on diversity including:
- how you would contribute to and benefit from the richness of our professional counseling program
- how you would increase inclusion of diversity in the counseling profession
- three forms of recommendation (not general reference letters)
TOEFL scores for school counseling and school counselor applicants
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
- official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
- 22 listening
- 22 reading
- 24 speaking
- 21 writing
This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
TOEFL or IELTS scores for clinical mental health counseling & marriage and family counseling applicants
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.
- 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
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.