Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling degree program, non-licensure and licensure, is designed to prepare students for counseling individuals, couples, and families from a Christian worldview. Licensure graduates may seek advanced degrees and/or continue toward accumulating the required 3,000 clock hours necessary for state licensure. The licensure track prepares students, once they have passed the exams and completed the hours, to obtain a license as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas. Every state has its own requirements, so students should note the requirements within the state where they plan to practice. After graduation, non-licensure students may choose to proceed on to a Master of Divinity degree program or seek admission to a doctoral program of study.

Non-licensure Requirements (36 Hours)

 

Prerequisites*

BIB 105          Hermeneutics
EMS 101         Personal Evangelism
PSY 101          Introduction to Psychology
THS 101         Spiritual Foundations
THS 203         Systematic Theology I
THS 301         Systematic Theology II

 

Non-Licensure Core Curriculum (21 Hours)

CSL 505         Counseling Theories
CSL 510         Social, Cultural, and Family Issues
CSL 515         Counseling Methods and Techniques
CSL 535         Marriage and Family Counseling
CSL 540         Conflict Management
CSL 545         Educational Psychology
CSL 620         Pre-Practicum

 

Open Electives (15 Hours)

 

Non-Licensure Applied Studies

Non-credit courses:

AMP 500         Applied Ministry Project (Required each semester)
RES 601           Library Research (Required)

Licensure Requirements (48 Hours)

 

Prerequisites*

BIB 105          Hermeneutics
EMS 101        Personal Evangelism
PSY 101          Introduction to Psychology
THS 101         Spiritual Foundations
THS 203         Systematic Theology I
THS 301         Systematic Theology II

 

Licensure Core Curriculum** (42 Hours)

                                     Core 1
CSL 505         Counseling Theories
CSL 510         Social, Cultural, and Family Issues
CSL 515         Counseling Methods and Techniques
CSL 520         Human Growth and Development
CSL 530         Lifestyle and Career Development
CSL 535         Marriage and Family Counseling

                                     Core II
CSL 525         Abnormal Human Behavior
CSL 540         Conflict Management
CSL 601         Appraisal and Assessment Techniques
CSL 605         Research
CSL 615         Group
CSL 630         Practicum I
CSL 640         Practicum II
CSL 650         Professional Orientation

 

Licensure Electives (6 Hours)

Two of the following:

CSL 545         Educational Psychology
CSL 550         Addiction Counseling
CSL 610         Topics in Counseling
CSL 612         Psychopharmacology and Mental Illness

 

Licensure Applied Studies

Non-credit courses:

AMP 500        Applied Ministry Project (Required each semester)
RES 601          Library Research (Required)

*Graduate students need only take the degree prerequisites listed above, not the prerequisites for those classes listed in the undergraduate course descriptions. All degree prerequisites must be completed within the first 50% of course work for the degree. Until degree prerequisites are satisfied, a prerequisite must be taken each semester in which a student is enrolled.

**In the Licensure track, it is highly recommended that students take Core I courses before Core II courses.