Jan 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS

The Counseling Program offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This 60-hour track prepares graduates to counsel in clinical mental health settings such as mental health centers, private counseling agencies, drug abuse treatment centers, centers for counseling older adults, child counseling clinics, family counseling centers, pastoral counseling settings, private practice, and business and industry. Students completing the entire sequence of course work will meet the educational requirements for the Texas State License in Professional Counseling. However, to obtain a License in Professional Counseling, the State of Texas stipulates additional requirements such as passing the national counseling exam and obtaining 3,000 clock hours of supervised clinical experience after the Masters degree has been obtained. Consult the Texas Department of Health website for details at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/default.shtm.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator: Dr. Samuel Bore, Email: Samuel.Bore@untdallas.edu


Admission Procedures

1. Submit the following to the UNT Dallas Office of Graduate Admissions:

a. Graduate School Application for Admission (apply online at www.applytexas.org)

b. Official copies of all college transcripts

c. Official GRE scores from the Educational Testing Service (allow three to four weeks for the test to be received by the Graduate School)

2. Submit additional admission materials to the Department of Counseling and Human Services. All required admission materials must be filed in the program office by May 15 preceding the Fall term/semester, or October 15 preceding the Spring term/semester.

  1. School Counseling Program Application
  2. 3 completed Reference Evaluation Forms;
  3. A one-page, type-written Writing Sample.  See UNT Dallas Office of Graduate Admissions website for specifics;
  4. Each applicant is required to participate in an orientation and interview


Admission Standards

  • Applicants must submit the official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections to the graduate school for admission to the program.  
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of work leading to the bachelor’s degree, or a 2.8 GPA on all undergraduate work toward the bachelor’s degree, to be considered for admission to graduate studies at UNT Dallas.  Applicants who have already completed a master’s degree must have at least a 3.4 GPA on the master’s or meet the undergraduate GPA standards.
  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants must attend a face-to-face interview if currently living within 100 miles of campus or an online interview if over 100 miles from the campus.
  • Admissions are based on a step-wise process that considers the first level of GPA and GRE scores; the second level of recommendation letters and Writing Sample, and the third level of group leader interview ratings and peer interview ratings. If an applicant passes all three levels, then they are granted provisional admission.
  • All students granted admission to the master’s program are required to enroll in both COUN 5710 Counseling Theories  and COUN 5680 Basic Counseling Skills.  during the first term/semester of enrollment in graduate school and must receive a grade of B or higher. Students must receive a grade of B or higher in these two courses to be considered for full admission to the program. 
  • In addition to earning a B or higher in   and  , admission to the counseling program is provisional until the student’s progress is evaluated by the counseling faculty upon completion of  . The student’s progress is evaluated on the basis of the demonstration of adequate subject matter knowledge, basic counseling interpersonal skills required for counseling, and personal characteristics demonstrated in the program.
  • After the progress review described above, the counseling faculty either recommends that the student continue the program or reserves the right to withdraw the student from the program.
  • Following this initial evaluation, the student will be routinely evaluated on the criteria of knowledge, interpersonal skills, counseling skills, and personal characteristics to determine if progress is adequate, if remedial work is needed or if the student should be withdrawn from the program. 
  • This degree requires a passing score on the comprehensive examination administered during the student’s internship.


Required Courses for MS in Counseling

60 hour degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 *The MS degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours including successful completion of internship, COUN 5720 /COUN 5721 , and passing a comprehensive examination.



Taken In Any Order Within #

Program Course Number - Course Title



COUN 5710 Counseling Theories  




COUN 5680 Basic Counseling Skills.  




EPSY 5050 Foundations of Educational Research Methodology 




COUN 5670 Developmental Processes and Strategies  




COUN 5765 Appraisal in Counseling  




COUN 5100 Counseling Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice  




COUN 5790 Counseling Culturally Diverse Clients  




First Elective: 

COUN 5200 Counseling Adolescents   or 

COUN 5700 Introduction to Play Therapy  or 



Sem. Before 5690


COUN 5660 Advanced Counseling Skills ; Prereq. to





COUN 5470 Career Development and Information Resources  




COUN 5740 Group Counseling Theories and Procedures  

COUN 5480 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling  

COUN 5610 Addiction Counseling  

COUN 5490 Crisis Intervention Counseling  

COUN 5580 Family Counseling 


Sem. Before 5720


COUN 5690 Practicum in Counseling  


Sem. Before 5721


COUN 5720 Internship in Counseling I  




COUN 5300 Systems, Leadership, and Program Development in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  


Last sem. of prog


COUN 5721 Internship in Counseling II  




Second Elective:

COUN 5500 Human Sexuality in Counseling  or 

COUN 5640 Group Play Therapy  or 

COUN 5610 Addiction Counseling