Graduate Programs in Counseling

Graduate School of Counseling: FAQs

How long will it take to finish the program?

Courses are scheduled for a calendar year so that students can take nine hours in the fall semester, nine hours in the spring semester, and nine hours in the summer semester, which is one long semester, June through July, just as the fall and spring semesters are. This enables students to finish any specialization in a timely fashion.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is a 60-hour program which takes two and a half years to complete if you are a full-time student. A full-time student is one who is taking nine hours per semester. However, you can take up to five years to complete this degree.

The Christian Marriage and Family Counseling Program, for those wanting to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, is a 48-hour program. It usually takes two years to complete this program if you are a full-time student.

The Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling Program is a 60-hour program which takes two and a half years to complete if you are a full-time student. However, you can take up to five years to complete this degree.

The Non-Clinical Professional Studies Program (formerly Academic Specialization Program), is a 36-hour program which takes 1 full year to complete, if you are a full-time student, taking 9 hours per semester. This program is designed for students who need an advanced degree to pursue further academic study or who need an advanced degree for professional development.

Can I work and go to school too?

Yes. Our program is designed for people who work. All of the classes are at night, Monday through Thursday. Ninety-five percent (95%) of our students work during the day.

How much is the tuition for graduate classes?

Graduate tuition is $750 per semester hour. In addition the University charges a few other fees. Detailed financial information can be viewed at

Can I work on my degree part time?

Yes, as long as you complete it in five years.

How do I apply?

Applicants seeking enrollment in a Master of Arts program must submit:

  • A completed Graduate School Application
  • Submission of the $35 application fee
  • A completed Department application (available on the Graduate Admissions page)
  • Copies of all transcripts with official grade point average
  • Copy of official GRE scores (Only required if GPA is below a 3.0)
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to applicant’s character and ability to complete graduate work
  • A completed interview with the Departmental Graduate Admissions Committee

You may complete the Graduate School application online and upload or e-mail copies of your transcripts, letters, and the department application. Official transcripts will be required upon admission to the program. All application materials are to be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office at the address listed below or by e-mailing the to the Director of Graduate Admissions, Melissa Ford, at If you have questions about the application process please contact Ms. Ford by e-mail or at (254) 295-4020.

Melissa Ford, Director of Graduate Admissions
900 College Street
UMHB Box 8402
Belton, TX 76513

Once all documents are received the Graduate Admissions Office will contact you to confirm this, and then you will be contacted by the Graduate Counseling Department to schedule an interview.

I have been convicted of a Felony, can I still apply?

Yes! Although we would still consider you as an applicant for our program, it is in your best interest to write the Texas Department of Health Services Board to make sure you are eligible for licensure. You may find out more about the requirements for becoming a licensed LPC below

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Can I apply before I take the GRE?

You can make application before taking the GRE; however, the GRE must be taken before an interview can be scheduled.

What does my GRE score have to be for admission to the program?

For regular admission, we require a combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and 3.5 on the analytical writing section. However, we take into account all of the information you have submitted (GRE scores, grade point average and letters of recommendation), and your interview presentation and responses in making our final decision regarding admission to the program. For example, if you make 270 on the GRE but have a high GPA, excellent recommendations, and a good interview, we will look at all of that information---not just the GRE score.

However, if you obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, then the GRE is NOT required.

What does my GPA (grade point average) have to be for admission?

For regular admission, we require a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework taken.

Will the courses I take for my master's degree count toward a doctor's degree?

This really depends on the university to which you will be transferring. There are some universities, particularly those that are CACREP accredited, that accept all of our courses in transfer, while others do not. You will need to contact the university where you plan to get your doctorate to be certain.

Is there an opportunity to do research?

Yes, we encourage our students to do research. Some students work on their own research projects with faculty supervision, while others work on research projects that faculty are engaged in. We will help any student who conducts research to get the study submitted for publication. In addition, we like for our students to present their research at professional conferences. If your research is accepted for presentation at a professional conference, the department pays for travel and conference registration.

What kind of jobs can I get with a master's degree in counseling?

Our graduates live across the U.S. and work in a variety of capacities from community private practice to organizational consulting to community agencies to educational institutions.

How much money can I make with a master's degree in counseling?

Twenty-one percent of our graduates make over $40,000 per year, and fifty-eight percent earn $50,000 or more per year. Some earn in the triple digits!