Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (Online)
Licensed Professional Counselor Online Programs

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.


Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher, and satisfactorily complete an oral comprehensive examination.

This program includes three 16 week intensives, requiring each student to be on campus for one week during each intensive course.

View the Degree Completion Plan.

For students seeking certification or licensure inside the State of Texas: Programs offered at HBU designed to fulfill the educational requirements for a specific professional licensure or certification do meet the educational requirements for the State of Texas.

For students seeking certification or licensure outside the State of Texas: Students seeking certification or licensure from any state other than Texas should check with their state licensing board to determine eligibility. Houston Baptist University has not determined whether their program of study meets the students state licensure requirements. Please check the following link for more information.

Admission Requirements

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

References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.

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

Writing Prompt – Applicants must provide a response, at least 500 words but not more than 800 words total, to the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of being a mental health practitioner?
  • What are the characteristics that make you a good counselor? In which of these do you excel? How do you know?
  • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in Counseling and why here at Houston Baptist University?
  • Given your history and circumstances, describe any challenges that could prevent you from completion of this degree and how you might address them should they arise.


Candidate Presentation– Applicants may choose between attending a virtual interview with the admissions team or submitting a 10-12 minute video responding to predetermined questions. This will take place during the second phase of the admissions process.

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Houston Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees.