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Graduate Programs

College of Graduate Studies

(for all graduate students)

Department Graduate Student Handbook 

Graduate Counseling Program Application
(for all department graduate programs) 

NOTE: A $30.00 application fee must be included when submitting the Graduate Program Application form.  Check (with Driver's License Number and Date of Birth included on the check*) or money order should be made payable to Tarleton State University.  The application form and payment are to be mailed to Department of Psychology and Counseling, Graduate Program Admissions, Box T0820, Stephenville, TX 76402.

*It is Tarleton State University policy that a Driver's License Number and Date of Birth be clearly marked on all checks made payable to the university.

Master of Education in Counseling (School Counseling)

The Professional Counselor Program offers a program of study leading to the Master of Education degree with a major in 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. 

Master of Science in Psychology (New program effective Fall 2014)

The Master of Science in Psychology includes options in Experimental Psychology, Criminal Justice and Kinesiology.  A thesis is required for this degree.

     More Information about M.S. in Psychology

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 question and students have 4 hours for completion.