Professional School Counseling, MS

College of Education and Human Development

school counseling master's degree students

Professional School Counseling, MS (60 hours)

The Master of Science in School Counseling (60 semester hours) prepares students to counsel in PK-12 school settings. Upon completion of the degree program, students will have met all relevant educational requirements for Texas Education Agency school counselor certification and Texas professional counseling licensure (LPC). Students seeking school counseling certification should consult with the school counselor program coordinator and the certification office on campus regarding current state certification requirements to ensure eligibility prior to graduation.


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:

Priority deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I 
March 1 October 1 March 1

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I 
July 10 October 1 May 1

International Students:

Priority deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I 
Feb 15 September 17 Feb 15

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I 
June 1 September 17 April 15

*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 paid 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.


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 references 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 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.

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

Contact for more information:

Dr. Jennifer Gerlach

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