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Program Coordinator:
Dr. Lamar Muro • • 940-898-2693

Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats.
Face-to-face courses are only offered on the TWU Denton campus.

The Counseling and Development program of the Department of Family Sciences is an exciting and dynamic area that offers professional training and development leading to a Master's Degree in Counseling and Development (MS).  Students may choose to focus on:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling program
  • Professional School Counselor program
  • Dual degree in counseling and music therapy
*Please note: all school counseling applicants must
have completed 2 years of teaching in a public or TEA
accredited private school.

Students with this degree are eligible for

  • Licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and/or
  • Certification as a professional school counselor (K-12)

Why select our program?

  • CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accreditation for both degrees (Community Counseling and School Counseling).
  • Enjoy the strength of collaborating with students, including many nontraditional/returning students.
  • Enjoy smaller class sizes, with more individualized attention and focus by faculty members.
  • Attend evening and weekend classes to better accommodate working students.
  • Discover a focus on faculty mentoring and advising.
  • Benefit from innovative teaching strategies, including conference-based courses.
  • Focus on innovative and creative counseling strategies, including music therapy and play therapy.
  • Participate in the department’s on-site community-based clinic providing counseling services to the Denton, Texas area at a reduced rate.

How to apply

Applying to the Counseling and Development (C&D) program is a two-step process.  Step one requires an application to the TWU Graduate School, while step two requires an “application process” to the TWU Department of Family Sciences C&D program.

  1. APPLY to the TWU Graduate School by going online to  Be sure to specify Texas Woman’s University as the target university, the semester and year you wish to begin taking classes, and Counseling and Development (MS) as the major.
  2. WAIT to receive your letter of acceptance or otherwise notified that you have been accepted.  Once the application fee and all transcripts are received, it can take 4-6 weeks to process your application and receive your letter via U.S. Mail.
  3. CONTACT the Department of Family Sciences to register to attend the next Interview Day event.  Interview Day is the time when the C&D faculty evaluate your candidacy as a major in the C&D program.  It will consist of an opportunity to provide a writing sample, conduct an individual interview with faculty, participate in a mock group counseling session, and allow opportunity to ask questions and network with other applicants.
  4. WAIT for a decision from the C&D program concerning your acceptance.  Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive a decision after the Interview Day event.
  5. Upon acceptance, ENROLL in classes during early registration to ensure you get what you want.  You should plan to take these courses during your first two semesters:

    FS 5303 Orientation and Ethics
    FS 5313 Counseling Theory and Practice
    FS 5353 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
    FS 5443 Multicultural Counseling

  6. PLAN to attend a mandatory orientation during your first semester in the program.  You will receive information at a later time.
  7. FINANCIAL AID information:  Visit the Financial Aid website.

 Interview Day Schedule

 Deadline to apply for Fall admission is TBD.
Interview day is TBD for Fall 2018 admission.

 Deadline to apply for Spring admission is September 15.
Interview day is October 13, 2017 for Spring 2018 admission.

Degree Plans and Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA over last 60 hours of coursework
  • Participation in Interview Day
  • School Counseling Deficiency Plan Certification option requires a prior master's degree (non-degree seeking option)

Degree Plans and Certification

Degree Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Complete necessary degree coursework
  • Complete required clinical hours
  • Successful completion of portfolio requirements (Certificate of Final Examination)

page last updated 7/13/2017 2:13 PM