The Master's program in Counseling Psychology at TWU is a 61-64 credit-hour program that primarily prepares graduates to be able to provide direct psychotherapy services. The Doctoral program is a 123-127 credit-hour program that prepares graduates for practice, university teaching, and/or research positions. While both programs include 4 semesters of practicum (supervised psychotherapy training), Doctoral students take an additional set of core courses, 2 additional research classes, 2-3 additional assessment classes, and are required to complete a full-year, national, competitive internship in addition to the practicum courses. Students in the Master’s program can choose from a coursework-only option which includes a Capstone class with a comprehensive examination over all coursework or to produce a thesis. Doctoral students complete a thesis-equivalency (when they begin the program without a similarly-completed graduate-level project) and a dissertation.
Students graduating from these programs who remain in Texas may go on to earn the Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) credential at the Master's level, or the Psychologist credential at the Doctoral level from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists:
Master's graduates are also qualified to obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential, which allows for fully independent practice, or, with 2-3 additional courses, the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) credential. Links to these state boards are:
While these options are also open to Doctoral students, they are more likely to directly pursue the Psychologist credential alone.