The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology is currently a 48-hour program designed to prepare generalists with an emphasis on community counseling services. We expect to move to a 60 hr curriculum in fall of 2014.The program is rigorous, but the faculty is supportive and available. The program prepares our graduates to serve Border Region communities in a wide range of needed services and modalities. By graduation, our students demonstrate basic entry-level competence in counseling, (both individual and group), community consultation, assessment, program evaluation and needs assessment. They display professional identities, and ethically provide services using a multicultural perspective. Many can offer their services in both English and Spanish.The maximum amount of time a student may take to complete the program is five years.
Upon Graduation from the program, the student is eligible to sit for the LPC exam and apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor Temporary Licence, LPC Intern. Once the application is approved, the graduate may arrange for supervision with an LPC supervisor to accrue the 3,000 post-graduate hours over the subsequent 18 months to three years.
Available Professional Tracks
Texas A&M International University offers students a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) (Thesis and Non-Thesis). Students in either track may also choose to complete a Billingual Counseling Certificate (a nine-hour program).
If you are certain that you wish this Master's degree to be your final degree program, and you want to work in the community as a Licenced Professional Counselor, then the MACP Non-Thesis track with 9 hours of practicum/internship coursework is probably for you. If you think you may want to go on for a Ph.D., Psy. D., or other advanced degree, then the MACP Thesis track may be particularly appropriate for you.
MACP Thesis track demonstrates to other graduate programs that you are capable of scholarship befitting advanced study. Sometimes the specific area of study for the thesis may act as an avenue to particular programs and advanced study opportunities.
Students do not have to decide which track to pursue immediately. However, by the beginning of the second year, MACP graduate students should have a good idea of which track they want to pursue. Discussions with psychology faculty during your first year can help you clarify your priorities and direction in terms of tracks. Talk to us, we are happy to help you explore your academic options within and beyond this program.