Frequently Asked Questions about the Masters in Counseling

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Students generally complete the course work in two to three years depending on how many hours they take each semester.

When are the courses offered?

All of our courses are offered in the evenings or on the weekends to accommodate students who need to work while completing their masters degree.

How much experience do faculty members have?

All of our faculty members hold doctorates in the field and are active in the counseling profession as practitioners. Most of our faculty members are approved supervisors for training counselors and have years of experience in the field.

Do I have to complete a thesis?

No. The master’s degree in Counseling does not require a thesis.

How does this program differ from Christian counseling programs?

Christian Counseling programs frequently teach students how to utilize spiritual disciplines in the counseling setting and may not present all of the theories and techniques in the professional counseling field. Our program emphasizes examining the theories and techniques of professional counseling from a Christian Worldview rather than emphasizing the integration of spiritual disciplines into counseling sessions. Students first learn the skills, theories and methods of counseling and then cross-examine what they learn from a Christian perspective.

 Will a masters in counseling certify me as a Professional Counselor?

This degree allows you to complete the coursework necessary to become a licensed professional counselor. You will need to pass the licensing exam for the state of Texas, complete a jurisprudence exam, and a 3000 hour internship to become a licensed professional counselor in Texas.

 What are the benefits of a counseling degree?

You will enter a profession that is growing in demand for professionals with higher education while also working in a career that helps individuals and families change their lives for the better.

 Is the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) required?

Total score of at least 800 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken before August 1, 2011 or 286 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken after August 1, 2011 or at least 400 on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT).

For more information on the master's degree in Counseling: email Saundra.pounds@lcu.edu.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2014