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