General Information

It is the goal of the Guidance & Counseling Program to serve the needs of the San Antonio community by developing highly skilled school and mental health counselors. The Department of Counseling, Health & Kinesiology offers a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in Counseling & Guidance: School Counseling and Master of Arts – Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling.

Course syllabi and vital statistics are available for review in the department office.

Who Should Apply?

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and an interest in developing the skills necessary to be effective mental health professionals should apply. Applicants interested in School Counselor Certification will need to document two years of teaching experience in an accredited school.

Program Details

The Master of Arts degree (M.A) in Counseling and Guidance: School Counseling requires 51 credit hours ofcounseling coursework. This degree is designed to satisfy academic requirements for School Counselor Certification in the State of Texas. To satisfy the 60-hour Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) academic requirements in the State of Texas, students may add 9 hours of prescribed counseling coursework to the 51-hour plan.

The Master of Arts degree (M.A) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires 60 credit hours of counseling coursework. This degree is designed to satisfy the 60 –hour Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) academic requirements in the State of Texas.

The Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling is designed for students wanting to specialize in work with various family units. The degree plan requires 60 hours of counseling coursework and is designed to satisfy the 60-hour Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) academic requirements in the State of Texas.

Normal course loads consist of 6-9 hours per semester. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students must pass a comprehensive examination, administered during the final semester of coursework, as part of the requirements for graduation with the Master of Arts degree.

Fitness to Practice

Admission to the program does not guarantee fitness to remain in the program. Only those students who meet program standards will be allowed to continue in the program. Students pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Counseling & Guidance must meet fitness-to-practice standards that are assessed by faculty throughout the program. These standards include demonstration of emotional and mental fitness in their interaction with others as well as conformance with codes of professional counseling associations and of the state of Texas. Students who fail to demonstrate fitness or conformance to appropriate codes may be asked to enter into a remediation plan in order to remain in the program. If a remediation plan is developed, students must demonstrate satisfactory remediation prior to being allowed to proceed toward graduation. In rare cases, a student‘s ability to practice may exceed remediation and a recommendation for removal from the program is possible.

Core Coursework includes:

  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Individual counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Assessment
  • Research in Counseling
  • Professional Orientation/Ethics
  • Practicum

Application Process and Admission Requirements

1. Complete an application for admission, including the non-refundable $35 application fee. The Apply Texas Application is available online at www.applytexas.org. For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Welcome Center at (210) 784-1300, or email our admission counselors at beajaguar@tamusa.edu. 

2. Students must be awarded a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution before admission into a graduate program can occur.  Degrees received must be posted on the transcript of the awarding institution.

3. Submit all official transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate Coursework) from every prior college/university you have attended. Only transcripts printed within the preceding 12 months will be accepted and must not be over one year old from the print date. Please mail official transcripts to Texas A&M University-San Antonio • ATTN: Graduate Admissions, One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224.

4. Students must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale, or have an average of 3.0 on the last 60 hours taken of undergraduate course work.

5. Students admitted must also submit official Graduate Test Scores (GRE)

The scores for the exam will depend on the following criteria; 

  Have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average between 2.60-2.99 or an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits), and a minimum GRE composite (Q+V) score of 297.

   Have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average between 3.00-4.00 and a minimum GRE composite (Q+V) score of 285.

6.  Provide a statement of purpose.  The statement of purpose will need to be a 3 page essay on a word document that includes responses to the following questions:

 a) Which of the three Counseling tracks do you wish to pursue: Clinical Mental Health, School             Counseling, Marriage Couple and Family Counseling?

 b) What in your background has prepared you for a future in the field of counseling? Please explain. 

 c)  Identify your career objectives and your rationale for wanting to pursue a Masters’ Degree in Counseling at Texas A&M University – San Antonio.

 The essay can be emailed to the Graduate Advisor at Wendy.Hernandez@tamusa.edu

7. Interview with Counseling Faculty.

For information not found on this page or if you would like additional information about the Counseling program at TAMU-SA, please contact Ms. Wendy Hernandez, Graduate Academic Advisor, at Wendy.Hernandez@tamusa.edu.