Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

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The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling is designed for persons interested in becoming Licensed Professional Counselors (L.P.C.) in the State of Texas. The degree prepares graduates to work with individuals, couples, families and groups in community, social service, religious and private practice settings. The curriculum is comprised of sixty (60) graduate hours and includes a minimum of 300 practicum hours. No student may enroll in a practicum course without completing all other degree requirements. Students who complete the program meet the academic requirements for becoming Licensed Professional Counselors (L.P.C.) in the State of Texas. The PROGRAM is offered in the campus-based, classroom, lecture mode only; however, some classes are offered via distance learning.

A graduate with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the functional areas of professional counseling.
  • Apply critical thinking skills in developing a framework for counseling diverse client populations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in mental health and related settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct relevant research appropriate to the discipline.

The minimum requirements for a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling are:

  • 48 semester hours applicable to the degree must be completed at Amberton University.
  • 60 semester hours for a degree.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is required.


*    PLEASE NOTE:  Students who complete the Amberton University Master of Arts in Professional Counseling meet the academic requirements for becoming Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas.  Students should carefully review the current state requirements for changes and updates.  The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors provides clear guidelines and requirements to apply for new licensure.  Questions regarding licensure should be directed to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors,  https://www.bhec.texas.gov/index.html.

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