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Counseling Psychology

Graduate Psychology

Counseling Psychology Program

The program will prepare you to assess and to provide psychotherapy or counseling to people in need. It has a strong clinical component and meets the academic requirements for the Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. With this license, you can practice as a professional counselor in your own practice, for a mental health agency, a psychiatric hospital, a residential treatment center, or a university counseling center, among other sites.

Graduate Students Admissions and Financial Aid
Degree Plan Options

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
(for students admitted before fall 2019)

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in Professional Counselor Concentration

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in Psychological Associate Concentration

Credit Hours 60 Credit Hours
Delivery Methods

Victoria (traditional semesters)
Katy (mostly evenings, traditional semesters)

Tuition & Fees Rates Per Semester


In Demand

Counseling psychology job options are better the higher your credentials. A master's level degree and license make you more competitive and in-demand. If your educational goal is to pursue a doctoral degree in Psychology, then the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology provides a valuable foundation toward that pursuit. As an LPC, your professional practice may involve assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.


Licensed Professional Counselor


Clinical interviewing

Evaluation and classification of normal and maladaptive behavior

Administration, scoring, and interpretation of standardized intelligence and personality tests

Writing evaluations for a variety of clients


Help individuals solve life problems and create more fulfilling lives

Provide individual, group, family and career counseling

Provide crisis intervention and other support services


Consult with parents, educators, clergy, medical professionals, and others regarding client issues and welfare

Coordinate services between treatment sites, clients, and the community

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Admissions Requirements

Admission to the counseling psychology, forensic psychology or school psychology master's program is based on an evaluation by the program's admission committee of the following information.

A 1-2 page essay that states the applicant's reasons for applying to the program and the applicant's career goals

One Letter of Recommendation (including the Graduate Recommendation Form for Graduate Psychology Programs) from a non-UHV, non-family source

Evidence of having completed undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics, research, and abnormal psychology. A particular course will be waived as a requirement if the student passes a comprehensive final or its equivalent for the designated course with a grade of C or better.

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Admission Deadline

The exam may be taken no more than once for a particular course

Graduate Admissions Index of 980 or higher. Official GRE General Test scores are required in order to calculate your Admissions Index
Official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions from every institution previously attended

An interview with UHV graduate faculty in psychology.

All applications must be completed by February 15 to be considered for admission for the fall of that year.  Students may start the psychology M.A. programs only during the fall semester. 

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program contacts

Jennifer Reeder

Jennifer Reeder

Senior Academic Advisor

Jennifer Reeder


Phone: (281) 396-3712

Elise Hendricker

Psychology Department

"I like teaching at UHV because we have unique students from all walks of life and the diversity of our programs contributes to the well-being of our community. "

- Elise Hendricker, Ph.D., LSSP, LP
Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division