Counseling, MS

College of Education and Human Development

counseling master's degree students

Counseling, MS (60 hours)

Designed to prepare skilled professionals to work in a variety of settings, including PK–12 schools, private practice, community and other mental health settings.

Four track options are available:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • School Counseling

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Counseling, graduates will have met Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational requirements. Students who complete the marriage, couple, and family counseling emphasis will also meet Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) educational requirements. Students who complete the school counseling emphasis will meet TEA educational requirements for Professional School Counselor certification.

The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology's Counseling and Training Clinic, located on campus, provides counselor trainees field experience under the supervision of doctoral-level counselor education students and licensed professional counselors. The Clinic offers free counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and children from the community.

cacrep accredited

All counseling programs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

Domestic Students:


Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
June 15 October 15 February 15 February 15

International Students:


Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
June 15 September 1 February 1 February 1

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Essay (500-700 word written essay, including one’s personal/professional career plans, goals, and a statement indicating one’s ability to work individually and in groups with diverse populations. Note: Essay requirements are specific to Counseling MS)
  • Face-to-face interview with admissions committee
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted through the M.S Counseling Reference Rating Form

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for full admission into the department may be admitted on conditional status and take courses approved by the faculty.

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Printable degree plan

Click to download (pdf)

Institutional Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

EDFN 5301 - Introduction to Research 3 credits

Core Courses (45 semester credit hours)

CNEP 5304 - Introduction to Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5306 - Career Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5308 - Counseling Theories 3 credits
CNEP 5312 - Addictions Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5314 - Theory and Practice of Multicultural Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5327 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5328 - Abnormal Human Development & Behavior 3 credits
CNEP 5354 - Developmental Issues in Human Personality and Behavior 3 credits
CNEP 5361 - Group Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5371 - Psychometrics 3 credits
CNEP 5381 - Psychodiagnosis and Treatment Strategies 3 credits
CNEP 5384 - The Counseling Process 3 credits
CNEP 5397 - Practicum 3 credits
CNEP 5698 - Internship 3 credits
CNEP 5698 - Internship II 3 credits

Required Special Emphasis Courses (12 semester credit hours)

CNEP 5313 - Theories and Techniques in Substance Abuse Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5321 - Advanced Strategies in Process Addictions and Substance Abuse 3 credits
CNEP 5323 - Counseling for Holistic Wellness 3 credits

Electives Courses (3 semester credit hours)

Printable degree plan

Click to download (pdf)

Institutional Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

EDFN 5301 - Introduction to Research 3 credits

Core Courses (45 semester credit hours)

CNEP 5304 - Introduction to Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5306 - Career Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5308 - Counseling Theories 3 credits
CNEP 5312 - Addictions Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5314 - Theory and Practice of Multicultural Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5327 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5328 - Abnormal Human Development & Behavior 3 credits
CNEP 5354 - Developmental Issues in Human Personality and Behavior 3 credits
CNEP 5361 - Group Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5371 - Psychometrics 3 credits
CNEP 5381 - Psychodiagnosis and Treatment Strategies 3 credits
CNEP 5384 - The Counseling Process 3 credits
CNEP 5397 - Practicum 3 credits
CNEP 5698 - Internship 3 credits
CNEP 5698 - Internship II 3 credits

Required Special Emphasis Courses (12 semester credit hours)

CNEP 5319 - Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5320 - Introduction to Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5375 - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Strategies 3 credits
CNEP 5322 - Strategies in Family Counseling, OR 3 credits
CNEP 5324 - Counseling Couples 3 credits

Printable degree plan

Click to download (pdf)

Institutional Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

EDFN 5301 - Introduction to Research 3 credits

Core Courses (45 semester credit hours)

CNEP 5304 - Introduction to Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5306 - Career Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5308 - Counseling Theories 3 credits
CNEP 5312 - Addictions Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5314 - Theory and Practice of Multicultural Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5327 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5328 - Abnormal Human Development & Behavior 3 credits
CNEP 5354 - Developmental Issues in Human Personality and Behavior 3 credits
CNEP 5361 - Group Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5371 - Psychometrics 3 credits
CNEP 5381 - Psychodiagnosis and Treatment Strategies 3 credits
CNEP 5384 - The Counseling Process 3 credits
CNEP 5397 - Practicum 3 credits
CNEP 5698 - Internship 3 credits
CNEP 5698 - Internship II 3 credits

Required Special Emphasis Courses (12 semester credit hours)

CNEP 5320 - Introduction to Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5322 - Strategies in Family Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5324 - Counseling Couples 3 credits
CNEP 5326 - Family Counseling with Children and Adolescents 3 credits

Printable degree plan

Click to download (pdf)

Institutional Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

EDFN 5301 - Introduction to Research 3 credits

Core Courses (45 semester credit hours)

CNEP 5304 - Introduction to Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5306 - Career Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5308 - Counseling Theories 3 credits
CNEP 5312 - Addictions Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5314 - Theory and Practice of Multicultural Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5327 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5328 - Abnormal Human Development & Behavior 3 credits
CNEP 5354 - Developmental Issues in Human Personality and Behavior 3 credits
CNEP 5361 - Group Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5371 - Psychometrics 3 credits
CNEP 5381 - Psychodiagnosis and Treatment Strategies 3 credits
CNEP 5384 - The Counseling Process 3 credits
CNEP 5397 - Practicum 3 credits
CNEP 5698 - Internship 3 credits
CNEP 5698 - Internship II 3 credits

Required Special Emphasis Courses (12 semester credit hours)

CNEP 5315 - Responsive Services in Schools 3 credits
CNEP 5316 - Developmental School Counseling 3 credits
CNEP 5318 - Consultation in School Settings 3 credits
CNEP 5326 - Family Counseling with Children and Adolescents 3 credits
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Additional Information

Master's in Counseling National Standards Matrices

Comprehensive Examination

In addition to successful completion of all courses required for graduation, students are required to pass a comprehensive written examination. Students will take this examination while enrolled in practicum. All students should have completed pre-requisites prior to enrollment in practicum.

School Counselor Certification and Endorsement

Individuals holding a master's degree may satisfy the academic requirements for the School Counselor Certificate by completing the equivalent of the master's degree requirements in the School Counseling program required by CACREP. Endorsement includes a review and assessment by the faculty program coordinator and the COE certification officer. CNEP 5316 Developmental School Counseling is required before enrolling in the certification examination. Issuance of School Counselor certification by the Texas Education Agency receives Texas teaching certificate, two years of teaching experience, and passing the state licensure exam, TExES 152.

TExES Endorsement for non graduates of TAMUCC

Educators who did not receive their master’s degree in Counseling from this program and who wish to be endorsed to take the TExES examination must have their transcript evaluated by the Coordinator of the School Counseling Emphasis. Coursework will be compared to courses required in this program and the extent of their education and skills will be assessed. If the student’s coursework is judged to be deficient in any area, including practicum and internship, the student will be required to take courses to address these deficiencies.

More information is available on the Counseling and Educational Psychology department site.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Stephen Lenz

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5834
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5834
Office : 361-825-3467