MACMHC: Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Leading to Licensure as a Professional Counselor
The MAC program prepares students for careers in counseling-related fields by offering advanced preparation in counseling, testing and research methods. The program also includes completion of a practicum consisting of a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or licensed professional counselor-supervisor (LPC-S). Graduates go on to work in a variety of settings, including private practices, universities, clinics and hospitals. Other graduates have completed doctoral study in psychology at leading research universities across the country.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas. Before becoming an LPC, graduates need to pass the National Counselor Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, and complete an internship under the supervision of an LPC-S.
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher, be admitted to candidacy, and satisfactorily complete an oral comprehensive examination.
Additional Application Requirements
In accordance with best practices in the field of psychology/counseling, applicants who meet the requirements specified by the graduate school will be invited to an in-person interview. These interviews are typically held about once per month and may take up to four hours depending on the applicant pool. Interview spaces are limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, we encourage you to apply early. We remind you to turn in your application before the deadline set for the semester to which you are applying.
**Note: Those entering the program will be required to take PSYC 5300 General Psychology, PSYC 5301 Introduction to Statistics in Behavioral Sciences and PSYC 5302 Abnormal Psychology their first semester, if they have not acquired a “B” or higher in their undergraduate classes with credits less than seven years old.
Advantages and Opportunities
Graduates go on to work in a variety of settings, including private practices, universities, clinics and hospitals. Other graduates have completed doctoral study in psychology at leading research universities across the country.
Top Ten Reasons to Attend HBU’s MAC Programs
- 100% pass rate on National Counselor’s Exam on the first attempt for nine years running
- Every course in our program is geared specifically for creating highly skilled professional counselors
- Don’t just learn about research like in many counseling programs – complete a presentable/publishable research project if you choose to!
- Dedicated, full-time faculty who believe in the open-door policy
- Wide range of adjunct faculty whose jobs are practicing in the fields our students want to join – instant networking and real-life experiences to share
- Practicum sites across the city and across the spectrum of possible careers (e.g., churches, private practices, hospitals, prisons, community mental health, counseling centers)
- Or create your own practicum!
- Small classes – 5 to 25 students – so there’s always time and space for us to prioritize your learning
- Classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate full-time workers
- You’re never just a number – every student is individually advised and individually valued!
**Students who began the MAC program after August 1, 2017 must complete at least 60 credit hours for their length of program, per Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors requirement.