Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

HBU Online Learning Program

About the Degree

The MACMHC 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. There will be classes offered online, but there are required on-campus classes due to state mandates.

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.

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Admission Requirements

Official Transcripts – For students pursuing licensure, you are required to submit ALL of your transcripts to the Graduate School.

Two (2) Recommendation FormsDownload Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to The Online Graduate School via email at Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source. Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted. Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid. Applicants waive their right to view completed recommendation forms upon asking a reference to complete the form.

Resumé/CV – Email a current resumé or CV to The Online Graduate School at

GRE Required – Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282.  Submitted test scores may not be more than five (5) years old. (You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.)

Interview – An admission interview is required.

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