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Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S.

Empower Diverse Individuals and Families to Accomplish Health, Education and Career Goals

Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. from University of Houston-Clear Lake is designed for students interested in becoming professional counselors, and provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for counseling clients experiencing a variety of psychological, social, behavioral and emotional issues. This degree focuses on a variety of topics, including: counseling orientation and ethics, counseling theories, group counseling theories and practice, tests and appraisal, career development and counseling, research methods, diagnostics, assessment, treatment, psychotherapy and counseling.

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Get on Track to Pursue Licensure

This program prepares you to meet the academic requirements for Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. in preparation for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.

Students who wish to pursue LPC licensure must complete the master’s degree plan with a minimum of 60 credit hours. To be eligible to receive the LPC, graduates must also document 3000 clock hours of post-master’s supervised counseling experience and pass the state licensure examination.

Admission Requirements

UHCL’s College of Education would love to have you join us. Find out today what it takes to apply.

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS.
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall: March 1
    Spring: September 1

  • Application
    Both of the following applications are required:
  • Requirements
    • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution
    • GRE or MAT scores
      • The GRE/MAT is waived for applicants who have earned a 3.000 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework
      • Applicants who have earned less than 3.000 in the last 60 hours of coursework, are required to submit one of the following:
        • A combined GRE score of 294 and a writing score of 3.5
        • An MAT score of 390 minimum
      • Applicants hold a Master's degree from an accredited institution are not required to submit GRE or MAT scores

    The following documents must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):

    Applicants seeking admission to pursue the Counseling M.S. with School Counselor Certification must also upload the following:

    • Texas Teacher Service Record (You can request this from your school district HR department.)
    • TEA Ethics Training Completion Certificate
    • Receipt for TEA Admission Fee  – Please visit the UHCL E-Commerce site to pay the $37.00 Texas Education Agency (TEA)-Advanced Certificate Program Admission Fee (scroll to correct certification).  This fee is payable by credit/debit card only and is non-refundable; therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are in the correct program and certification.  TEA requires all educator preparation programs to collect this fee and forward it to TEA.  TEA uses it to monitor your TEAL (TEA Login) account at the TEA website.  Once you have paid the fee, your will be emailed a receipt.  You need to upload the receipt.
    • Supplemental Admissions Form 
    • FERPA Form
    • Certificate(s) of completion of TEA-required school district training in Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Youth Suicide Prevention

Degree Requirements

Ready to learn about the classes you need to take to earn your degree from the College of Education at University of Houston-Clear Lake? Find out all you need to know about the required course work, complete with options for electives.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Cost Information

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UH-Clear Lake at Pearland

UH-Clear Lake at Pearland

1200 Pearland Pkwy
Pearland, Texas 77581
Phone: 281-212-1700

Since 2010, University of Houston-Clear Lake at Pearland has proudly served as an upper-level institution serving juniors, seniors, and graduate students in fields like business and behavioral science.

About UHCL at Pearland

Accreditations and Distinctions

The College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

We've earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) program in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and Diversity, College of Education at University of Houston-Clear Lake.

UHCL College of Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Annual Vital Statistics Report for Fall 2022-Spring 2023

  • Number of Graduates in the past academic year = 35
  • Completion rate = 87%
  • Licensure or certification examination pass rate = 90%
  • Job placement rate of students/graduates = 100%

Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. Faculty

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Randy Davis

Randy Davis

Program Director and Associate Professor of Counseling,

Contact number: 281-283-3592
Office: Pearland Suite 222

Randy Davis Faculty Bio

Emily Horton
Emily Horton

Emily Horton

Assistant Professor of Counseling,

Contact number: 281-283-1757
Office: Pearland Suite 222

Emily Horton Faculty Bio

Robert Pace
Robert Pace

Robert Pace

Clinical Associate Professor of Counseling,

Contact number: 281- 212-1755
Office: Pearland, HSCP 242

Robert Pace Faculty Bio

Diane Smedley

Diane Smedley

Visiting Assistant Professor,


Diane Smedley Faculty Bio

Angelica Tello
Angelica Tello

Angelica Tello

Associate Professor of Counseling and Field Experience Coordinator,

Contact number: 281-212-1762

Angelica Tello Faculty Bio