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Graduate Programs

Tarleton State University is dedicated to providing our students with an exemplary education at all levels.  We desire to graduate students with competitive educational experiences and credentials.  With this in mind, the Counseling Program, with the University's complete support, is in the process of pursuing CACREP Accreditation.  Currently, the program is preparing syllabi and writing the self-study.  Gaining CACREP Accreditation is a process that will take some time.  However, Tarleton State University is dedicated to seeing this process through.

At present, the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (designed to meet both CACREP and LPC Board standards) is set to launch in the fall of 2015.  The required credit hours were increased from 48 to 60.  A few new courses were added, and existing courses were renumbered.  The Counseling Program will communicate more specific details regarding CACREP accreditation as milestones are met.

The existing 48-hour program continues to meet the educational requirements for LPC licensure in Texas.  If you have more general questions about the CACREP Accreditation process, please contact Dr. Julie Merriman,

Professional Counseling Programs Admission Criteria

College of Graduate Studies

(for all graduate students)

TSU Professional Counseling Program Student Handbook

TSU Professional Counseling Program Prior to 2015/2016 Student Handbook

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The 60 hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling program provides the academic training for counselors to work in a variety of positions in mental health agencies such as counseling centers, drug and substance abuse centers, career counseling centers, mental health program, employee assistance program in business and industry, adult probation offices, MHMR agencies, corrections, and private counseling practice.  Completion of the master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides the graduate with the academic coursework requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.

     More Information about M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Education in Professional School Counseling

The Professional School Counselor Program offers a program of study leading to the Master of Education degree with a major in Professional School Counseling.  The degree is primarily designed to enable graduates to pursue certification as a school counselor. The program also enables graduates to be eligible for the Professional Counselor License (LPC).  Before school counseling certification can be granted, students must have accrued at least two years of teaching experience in public schools, grades K-12.

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (LPC)

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology provides programs of study leading to graduates being eligible for the Professional Counselor License (LPC) credential. 

Certification Programs

The department offers plans for those who are non-degree seeking and just need to take coursework to be eligible for certification by outside agencies or organizations in the following areas:

Contact your advisor for information about these programs.  You can also contact the department graduate advisor, Ms. Jamie Borchardt at or 254-968-1970.

Graduate Degree Comprehensive Examination

Every candidate for an M.Ed. in Counseling  or M.S. in Counseling Psychology must apply for and pass a comprehensive examination. The examination is taken in the final semester of graduate coursework listed on the student's degree plan, including all internship and practicum courses.  The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) test is given at the Stephenville campus and the cost is $50.00.  The test consists of 160 questions and students have 4 hours for completion.