Resource guide for the MAC program

How is your program designed?

The MAC program at St. Edward’s University was originally designed as a part-time program to serve working adults who wish to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or both.  Along the way, we received many requests from students to offer a full-time option, which we created. Our students have the flexibility to pursue the program as a part-time or full-time student. (Nine credit hours per term is considered full-time at the graduate level.)

When and where are courses offered? 

To accommodate both our part-time and full-time students, we offer courses in the evening as well as options during the day. It is possible to complete the program on a part-time basis solely in the evening. Each course has a class meeting once a week. Courses are offered in the evening (6:30p-9:20p) on the main campus located in South Austin. Day-time courses are offered (9:30a-12:00p or 1:00p-4:30p) at our North Austin campus. Most students take two graduate courses each term, year round, to stay on track.

I work full-time. How can I fit the MAC program into my schedule?

Our MAC program was originally designed for working adults, and our program offers students the flexibility to attend as full-time or part-time students. Each three-hour class meets one night a week and most of our students take two classes per term. In addition to the evening classes on the main campus, many of our courses are available as daytime classes on our North Austin campus. Daytime courses also meet once a week for three hours.

Can I complete my degree online?

No, we do not offer any online classes in the MAC program. The classroom experience is an integral part of this degree program. Our average class size is 17 students, which allows for meaningful interaction between students and professors. Students also utilize our on-campus Center for Counselor Training (CCT) to build and practice their counseling skills.

Where are you located?

We have two campuses in Austin. Our main campus is located on South Congress. We also have a campus located in North Austin near the Arboretum.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

The MAC curriculum is between 54 and 60 credit hours in length, depending on which concentration you choose. Most MAC students choose to take six hours (two classes) per semester and attend school year round (fall, spring and summer terms). At this pace, students typically complete the degree in three years. Students who attend on a full-time basis, taking nine hours per term year round are typically able to finish in two years.

How many hours can be transferred in? 

Up to 12 credit hours earned at the graduate level of another regionally accredited university may be transferrable. In order to be eligible for transfer, the courses must be an exact content match to our courses and grades of “B” or higher are required. Some courses, such as “CNCO 6351 Counseling Skills & Techniques” must be completed in residence at St. Edward’s. An official faculty review of transfer credit takes place after a student is offered admission to the program.

Where should I mail transcripts and recommendation letters? 

Application materials can be mailed to:
St. Edward’s University
Attn: Office of Admission
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

Can recommendation letters be sent electronically? 

Yes; the recommendation form and accompanying letter can be emailed as a scanned PDF to your admission counselor, Sarah Hennes Calder.

I’m not sure if the MAC program is right for me. How can I learn more?

We highly recommend that all prospective applicants attend a MAC information session. We hold information sessions every 3-6 weeks, depending on the time of year. Though most sessions are in the evening at our main campus in South Austin, we occasionally offer daytime sessions at the main campus and evening sessions at our North Austin campus. RSVP for an information session.

If you live out of state or are not available to attend a session, you may schedule a phone appointment with an admission counselor by calling 512-448-8500.

When is the application deadline? 

The MAC program currently offers three start terms each year. We recommend that applicants apply ahead of the deadline, as space is limited.
Fall admission: June 1
Spring admission: October 1
Summer admission: March 1
 

Is the GRE required for admission? 

To apply for unconditional admission, the GRE is required. However, there are two scenarios in which we waive the GRE requirement:
1) If you have previously completed a graduate degree (or a minimum of 12 graduate-level semester hours) with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and no individual grade below a B, the GRE requirement is waived; OR
2) If you have more than three years of consecutive, full time (40+ hours a week) work experience and a minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 credits (or a 2.75 cumulative GPA), you may apply for conditional admission without a GRE score. The three years of full time work experience does not have to be in the counseling/social services field. However, it should be of a professional/continuous nature.

What is the average GRE score for incoming students? 

It is difficult to quote an average GRE score as there are several different GRE scoring scales currently in use. Scores are valid for 5 years from the test date and the GRE test and scoring format changed in August of 2011. Since then, the scoring percentiles are updated every six months and we utilize concordance tables to compare scores. Do the best that you can on the GRE and keep in mind that we have a holistic review process.

What is considered a competitive GRE score? 

Since there are several valid GRE scoring scales currently in use, we do not quote a specific minimum score. We have a holistic review process that encompasses an admission essay, recommendation letters, the G.P.A., the academic record, work experience, volunteer experience, etc. The admission committee asks for a “competitive GRE score”; the definition of competitive depends in part on the strength of the other elements of the admission application. However, scores (on the post-August 2011 scale) below 150 on the verbal reasoning section and/or below 142 on the quantitative reasoning section are not generally considered competitive. If your scores are below that mark you may wish to re-test before you apply.

What is the St. Edward’s school code for the GRE? 

6619

Are recommendation letters required?

Recommendation letters are optional, but strongly recommended. Recommendations can come from a professor, supervisor or colleague. You should choose a recommender who can speak to either your professional or academic ability to complete a rigorous graduate program. 

Is there a required recommendation form? 

We do offer a recommendation form that you can give to your recommenders, which offers more structure. The recommendation form is posted on our website under “Additional Resources”

How many recommendation letters should I send? 

We prefer between one and three recommendation letters.

I am an international student. Can I apply to the MAC program?

Yes, we welcome a diverse student population and have a number of international students in our MAC program. It is possible to attend full-time in order to comply with F-1 Visa requirements. At the graduate level, taking nine credit hours is considered a full-time course load. In addition to the standard MAC admission requirements, international students must submit:

-An official TOEFL or IELTS score dated within two years. We require a minimum score of 79 on the computer based TOEFL and 6.0 on the IELTS.

-An official course-by-course Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) dated within one year.

How much is tuition? 

Graduate tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $1,246 per credit. The MAC program is a 54-60 credit hour program, depending on the track you select. The graduate tuition is inclusive, as we do not charge additional fees for advising, career services, the library, the recreation center, etc. However, there is a separate technology fee ($50 per term) and a $250 annual parking charge.

Are there scholarships, fellowships or other types of aid available to help me pay for my degree?

We do not offer institutional scholarships or fellowships to incoming graduate students. However, after completing six credit hours with our program, graduate students are eligible to apply for a Presidential Fellowship if they have at least a 3.5 GPA. This fellowship is equivalent to the cost of one credit hour.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for federal financial aid in the form of student loans to help pay their tuition and fees. Students will be assigned a designated financial aid advisor upon admission to help answer questions about financing their education.

We also recommend that you research outside scholarship opportunities, such as the ones listed on our Student Financial Services page:  http://think.stedwards.edu/studentfinancialservices/privatescholarshiplistpage1

What is the St. Edward’s school code for the FAFSA form? 

003621

How will I know if my application is complete? 

Once you submit your application, you will receive an e-mail within 48-72 hours that contains directions to "claim your account" and obtain access to the online status checker. The status checker will allow you to see when we receive documents, which items are missing, and when your file goes to the Admission Committee for review.

How long will it take for the admission committee to review my application? 

Once all required application materials have arrived, your application will go to the Admission Committee queue for review. The review process generally takes 4 weeks; in peak periods the review process can take up to 6 weeks. You may be contacted by email if the committee has additional questions or a request for more information, in which case your file would be placed on “hold” status. Once the requested information is received, your application will return to committee review and will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks. It is best to apply early to ensure that the committee has plenty of time to review your application. Please note that the Admission Committee reviews files for the next available term first; you may apply early for a future term to have your space in the queue, but the process will likely be longer than 4 weeks from the time of application.   

I’ve been admitted! What is my next step? 

Congratulations! Students who have been admitted will receive a Statement of Intent (SOI) form with their acceptance letter. To secure your place in the class, you will need to return the SOI form along with a deposit of $150. The $150 deposit will be credited to your student account and can go toward the payment of tuition or parking, etc.

My application was denied. Can I reapply? 

It is not uncommon for students who were denied to re-apply. In order to re-apply to the MAC program, the committee asks that you submit new information for them to review along with your second application. New information could take the form of a new GRE score, new/additional recommendation letters, more work or volunteer experience and should include a new or updated essay. If denied, you may contact your admission counselor to ask for feedback from the committee.