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The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Counseling Program, through high quality instruction and educational opportunities develops talented counselors, life-long learners and leaders in our field. Graduates of our program serve the mental health and educational needs of the diverse residents of Texas, boarder states, throughout the country, and around the world. Graduates are expected to serve as actively engaged agents of change in providing care for diverse populations. Through ethical practice and professional conduct, our graduates are expected to advocate for the field, serve their clients, and meet the needs of an ever-changing world.   

The graduate programs at A&M-Texarkana are practitioner's degrees.  A&M-Texarkana offers two graduate programs in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. These programs enable students to meet the academic requirements to sit for the licensing exam for the position of Clinical Mental Health Counselor or for certification as an all-level School Counselor. 

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consists of 60 credit hours.  The program is CACREP accredited. The Counseling and Psychology faculty are committed to the training of effective professional mental health workers. Following the completion of the majority of coursework, students have the opportunity to translate coursework into practicum and internship field experiences. Students seeking a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health participate in a total of 9 semester credit hours of field experiences at approved services agencies that provide counseling services.

 A&M-Texarkana offers several graduate elective courses such as, Introduction to Trauma Counseling, Counseling Children and Adolescents, Play Therapy, Advanced Counseling Theories, and Sexual Behavior. These courses may also be utilized by clinicians to satisfy continuing education requirements.

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Admission Criteria

NOTE: DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS MAY NOT ENROLL IN COUNSELING COURSES PRIOR TO BEING OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED INTO THE COUNSELING PROGRAM. Students should review the TAMUT Catalog section on Graduate Studies and the Counseling Program for complete details.

  • Important Dates:
    • To be eligible to be interviewed for the program, applicants must have all paperwork, documents, and letters submitted by the following dates:
    • June 15 – For Fall semester registration
    • October 30 – For Spring semester registration
    • March 30 – For Summer term registration
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution:
    • For those applicants who already hold a bachelor’s degree, transcripts for ALL work completed must be sent to the Graduate Office,
    • For those applicants who are in the process of completing their last semester of undergraduate studies, the “Admissions Informed Consent” must be signed and returned to the Graduate Office. Applicants must have official transcripts sent to the Graduate Office after successful completion of the final semester of undergraduate work.

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Letter of interest, commitment, and purpose to the program. These materials will be evaluated for writing skills and potential for the student to achieve counseling competencies as required by the American Counseling Association (ACA).

  • Performance on appropriate standardized exams such as GRE or MAT:
    • Official scores must be submitted to the Graduate Office,
    • Scores may be no older than 5 years at the time of application.

  • Supportive letters of evaluation from faculty and professional mentors:
    • Minimum of 3 are required,
    • Letters must be current and dated within 6 months of application.

  • International Students:
    • A minimum TOEFL score (paper based 550, computer-based 213, internet-based 79) is required of students whose native language is not English. This score must be sent directly from ETS to the Graduate Office.
    • The test must have been taken within the two year period prior to enrollment.

  • Successful In-person interview.
    • Applicants who have met all of the criteria identified above before the due dates will be invited to campus for a 30 minute interview. This interview will include meeting with program faculty to discuss the program, goals of the applicant, and the potential fit between the applicant and the program.

To apply for graduate studies, go toApplyTexas!

To apply for graduate studies fall 2018 and beyond, go to: ApplyTAMUT.

**Please see the latest version of the catalogue for the final word on admission guidelines and further details on letters of interest and recommendation.**

Tuition and Fees: Our University has developed guaranteed tuition and fees plans for all students. For the current tuition and fee schedule guarantee, please visit our Tuition and Fees web page.

Financial Aid: Graduate students have access to a variety of options including on-campus work, loans, and scholarships described on the Financial Aid web page.

The first step in applying for financial aid is to create a FSA ID by logging on to the department of education’s website.  If you are considered a dependent student, your parent may also need to create a FSA ID.

Once you have created your FSA ID username and password, you will need to complete the FAFSA.

Check with the Financial Aid Office in the Enrollment Services for questions you have about submitting the necessary paperwork to be considered for financial aid.

Faculty Contact: Dr. Peter Racheotes, Program Chair, peter.racheotes@tamut.edu and Dr. Angela Harless, angela.harless@tamut.edu.


  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
  • p: 903.223.3000
  • f: 903.223.3104
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