Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree program effectively prepares graduates to earn licensure as a professional counselor in the State of Texas. Becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) allows graduates to render counseling services in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, community counseling agencies, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, college and university counseling centers, Christian counseling centers, private psychiatric hospitals, domestic violence shelters, churches, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. 

DBU's faculty and staff members guide students in developing a professional counseling identity and effective counseling dispositions founded on a Christian worldview and guided by the profession. Students are provided appropriate coursework and clinical opportunities to expand the skills and disciplines necessary to excel in the counseling field. Courses are offered in a flexible format consisting of in-person, hybrid, and asynchronous delivery options. Afternoon and evening course offerings are available.

More than an Education

The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree includes three semesters of experiential clinical practice under the supervision of core counseling faculty members and on-site supervisors. During the three-course, 700-hour practicum/internship experience, students receive valuable training and the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners in the counseling field. Counseling faculty members provide real-world applications by sharing their own professional and personal experiences.

Marked by Service

The counseling field is a profession founded on the principle of service to others. As students develop a professional counseling identity through the lens of a Christian perspective, they are guided by faculty who are passionate about DBU’s mission to produce Christ-centered servant leaders who will impact the world through their calling to help others through the ministry of professional counseling. 

Meet the M.A. in Professional Counseling Program Director

"The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling is a 60-hour graduate program that integrates faith with clinical mental health counseling theory and practice from a Christ-centered worldview to produce servant leaders for work as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in various clinical settings in Texas and for ministry to a diverse world."

- Dr. Jack Goodyear, Dean
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Program Details

Our program provides several options to customize your master's degree with dual degrees and advanced certificates.

Additional M.A. in Professional Counseling Program Information

Syllabi and Practicum

The Practicum/Internship experience consists of three courses, COUN 6317 Counseling Practicum, COUN 6318 Counseling Internship I (S-L), and COUN 6319 Counseling Internship II (S-L), completed sequentially. The Practicum/Internship is the culmination of the M.A. in Professional Counseling degree program and is intended to provide practical experience for students as they make plans to enter the counseling profession. The 3 (three) courses include supervised delivery of direct counseling services in an approved agency or institution. Students are evaluated on a wide range of personal and professional criteria which includes analysis of video-recorded counseling sessions and seminar discussions of counseling theories, methods, and techniques. 
(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Students should attempt to enroll in the 3 (three) Practicum/Internship courses sequentially. In order to progress through the 3 (three) courses, a grade of “B” or higher must be earned. In the event of any grade below at “B,” the course will have to be repeated until at least a “B” is earned. The student is responsible for any remedial work that may be suggested by the faculty in order to successfully complete the Practicum/Internship course.

In order to proceed to Practicum/Internship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must have completed the 8 required personal counseling sessions.
  • Student must have completed the 12 hours of undergraduate prerequisite courses.
  • Student must have a current GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Student must secure an internship site before enrolling in Internship I.
Admission Requirements

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Admission to one graduate program does not guarantee admission to another. Applicants who show potential for graduate study but do not meet the criteria for Full Admission may be admitted for up to 12 hours under provisional status. Students admitted under Provisional Admission will be granted Full Admission upon successful completion of 12 credit hours and fulfillment of the conditions of their admission as determined by the Master’s Degrees Admission Committee.

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