Steps to Completing the Master's Degree Program

Step 1: Apply to Graduate School. This includes:

Completing the Application for Admission or Readmission form
Submitting current GRE scores for the general exam
(GRE Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing scores.)
Submitting official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.

Note: The Graduate School will initially admit students in Provisional status. The Graduate School will forward the student’s file, once completed, to the Counseling Program for faculty review. Degree seeking students will not be allowed to progress through the program (e.g., completing a degree plan, field placement, etc.) until they are admitted into the program.

Submit additional documents to the Graduate School as required by the Counseling Program. These include:
Three professional reference forms
A writing sample in response to a question provided by the Counseling Program.

After reviewing the application materials, the Counseling Program may contact the student for an interview. Interviews are scheduled once a month. 
The committee will make a recommendation to the Graduate School regarding admission to the program (full admission, probationary /conditional admission, or admission denied). 

Step 2 : Once you have received notice of your acceptance into the program:

 Consult with a departmental advisor regarding course sequencing and complete a degree plan.

If you plan to become a certified school counselor in Texas, apply online at

http://teachcert.tamuc.edu/teacher/forms/professional_newform.asp 
for admission to the Professional Certification Program BEFORE completing a degree plan.

Step 3 : Complete all level 1 courses. These includes

COUN 501 - Must make a B or better

COUN 510 - Must make a B or better

COUN 528 - Must make a B or better

COUN 516 - Must make a B or better

Take and pass level 1 exam (EX-522 or EX 528)

Apply for COUN 516-Basic Counseling Skills the semester prior to enrolling in it.

(School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree seeking students only—Student Affairs degree does not require COUN 516).

Check online for dates and deadlines for applying for COUN 516 on the Clinical Applications page.

Meet program Admission to Candidacy requirements (School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling students must achieve a grade of A or B in COUN 501, COUN 510, COUN 516, and COUN 528. Student Affairs students must achieve a grade of A or B in COUN 501, COUN 510, COUN 606, and HIED 540.)

Step 4: Level 2 courses should be completed.

Once you complete the Specialty Courses (12 semester hours), level 2 exam needs to be taken and passed.

Core Courses (9 semester hours) need to be taken. 

Apply for COUN 548-Advanced Basic Skills the semester prior to enrolling in it.

(School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree seeking students only–Student Affairs degree does not require COUN 551.)

Check online for dates and deadlines, and check catalog for pre-requisites.

Complete personal counseling requirement (Minimum of 6 sessions of individual counseling). Can be met at no charge through sessions in Community Counseling Clinic (Commerce) or Harold Murphy Clinic (McKinney) or through a counselor of student’s choice (fees may apply and are the sole responsibility of the student). Student submits documentation of participation for placement in file.

Step 5: Complete coursework maintaining a 3.0 grade point average on all graduate work at Texas A&M - Commerce. This includes the clinical sequence of practicum (1 semester) and internship (2 semesters).

NOTE: Students must complete a formal application process the semester before enrolling in all clinical classes (516, 548, 551, 552). Check the website for dates and deadlines.

Apply for COUN 551-Practicum the semester prior to enrolling in it. (School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree seeking students only–Student Affairs degree does not require COUN 551.) Check online for dates and deadlines, and check catalog for pre-requisites.

Apply for COUN 552-Internship the semester prior to enrolling in it. Check online for dates and deadlines, and check catalog for pre-requisites.

Apply for second semester of COUN 552 the semester prior to enrolling in it (School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree-seeking students only–Student Affairs degree does not require a second semester of COUN 552). Check online for dates and deadlines.

Step 6: Apply for comprehensive exams after majority of course work is completed. Check online for dates and deadlines. 

Pass the Masters Comprehensive Examination in the few semesters of the program. Students often take the Masters Comprehensive Examination during their Internship semesters. Check Comprehensive Exam webpage for scheduling for dates and deadlines for taking the Masters Comprehensive Examination.

Step 7: GRADUATION ! ! ! !