The Master of Arts in Counseling at St. Edward’s prepares you to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or both, in such settings as hospitals, residential treatment centers, nonprofit agencies and private practices.
In the master's degree in Counseling program, you’ll benefit from an experiential curriculum, accomplished faculty comprised of working mental health professionals and innovative electives with courses developed around leading research on mental health.
Master of Arts in Counseling
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The master's degree in Counseling program is designed to serve students who range in age and life experiences — reflective of the community they will ultimately serve — and who share a mission-driven approach to career and life. The MAC is typically completed in three years, with three semesters a year and two classes per semester. Students can also complete the program in two years if they elect to take three classes per semester.
In the MA in Counseling program, you’ll be exposed to a variety of approaches for treating mental health, from the latest research on the relationship between neuroscience and mental health to eastern philosophies and treatments that have been practiced for thousands of years. You’ll apply what you learn in clinical settings to gain firsthand experience under the supervision of faculty and practicing counselors.
This unique combination of broad-based curriculum, comprehensive clinical instruction and extensive experiential learning will prepare you to pass Texas and national license examinations and be a more effective counselor.
Your career path could include working with adults and teens who suffer from addictions, eating disorders or depression; counseling distressed couples and families; providing counseling services within a nonprofit organization; or developing your own private practice.
MA in Counseling students take courses from these groups:
Students complete eight core courses that include Counseling Theories, Abnormal Human Behavior, Human Growth and Development, and Counseling Diverse Populations, among others.
Students can choose to specialize as an LMFT, as an LPC, or as a combination of the two and take concentration courses accordingly.
You’ll complete Counseling Practicum courses, which require supervised field experience in your concentration. Students have completed their practicum experience with approximately 75 organizations, including these:
- Austin Recovery Center
- Austin State Hospital
- Austin Travis Country Integral Care
- Capital Area Mental Health Center
- Catholic Family Counseling
- Hope Alliance
- Seton Shoal Creek Hospital
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Master of Arts in Counseling.