Counseling Psychology

Degree Plan
Admission Policies and Procedures
Recommended Schedule
Counseling Psychology Handbook
Practicum Information
Graduate Psychology Handbook
Psychology Practicum Handbook


This 60-hour graduate psychology program leads to a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology.

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. Counseling psychology job options are better the higher your credentials. A master's level degree and license make you more competitive and in-demand. Want to learn more? Request information on the programs that interest you.

As an LPC, your professional practice may involve assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.


  • 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

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.

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

Graduate Admissions Index of 1400/980 or higher.

For more information about UHV's Counseling Psychology program, please contact the Program Director Dr. Catherine Perz.

Kaitlin May is available for advising. Appointments are required. Please call 361-570-4201 to schedule an appointment.