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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

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. 

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.