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2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS

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(60 hour degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Advisor - Dr. Yu-fen Lin
(P) 972.338.1378
Email: Yu-fen.Lin@untdallas.edu

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 protective services, 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.

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 admission to the Counseling Program is provisional, procedures for provisional admission are as follows:

a.     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.

b.     Submission of a completed Application for Admission to Master’s Program in Counseling form, three completed Reference Evaluation Forms, a one-page, type-written Writing Sample.  See UNT Dallas Office of  Graduate Admissions website for specifics.

c.     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.  Conditional admission may be granted pending submission of GRE scores prior to registration for the second term of enrollment.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of work prior to receiving the bachelor’s degree, or a 2.8 GPA on all undergraduate work, to be considered for unconditional 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.
  • All students granted provisional admission to the master’s program are required to enroll in COUN 5710 Counseling Theories   during the first term/semester of enrollment in graduate school and must receive a grade of B or higher. Concurrent enrollment in COUN 5680 Basic Counseling Skills.   and COUN 5710 is encouraged. Students must receive a grade of B or higher in these two courses to be considered for full admission to the program.
  • Admission to the counseling program is provisional until the student’s progress is evaluated by the counseling faculty upon completion of COUN 5680. The student’s progress is evaluated on the basis of the demonstration of adequate subject matter knowledge and the personal and interpersonal skills required for counseling.
  • After the progress review, 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, personal and interpersonal skills and counseling skills 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   (prereq. To 5760 /5730 )



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  



COUN 5200 Counseling Adolescents   or COUN 5700 Introduction to Play Therapy  

Sem. Before 5690


COUN 5660 Advanced Counseling Skills   (prereq. to COUN 5740)



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 5500 Human Sexuality in 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  



COUN 5580 Family Counseling   or COUN 5640 Group Play Therapy   or COUN 5610 Addiction Counseling  

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