Master's Program

Why study Counseling Psychology at TWU?

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Our master’s program in counseling psychology provides a uniquely feminist perspective while preparing students for careers primarily in psychological counseling. Students learn to work with individuals, couples, families and groups to promote optimal mental, emotional, and relational health and well-being.

Understanding oneself and others as existing and participating in multiple multicultural and social contexts is a critical part of our program. We are committed to our students’ development as ethical and self-reflective professionals, and provide training based in the science of psychology.

Our MA degree also provides excellent preparation for those students seeking to pursue doctoral training in counseling psychology.

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Admission requirements

Admission to the MA in Counseling Psychology

Program Contact

Claudia Porras Pyland, PhD
Program Director

Application Deadlines

Fall admission only - February 1

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree.
  • At least 18 semester hours in psychology, including: 
    • Introduction to Psychology/General Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology (Life Span)

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics

    • Experimental Psychology/Research Design/Research Methods

    • Psychology Elective

    • A minimum GPA of 3.5 on all courses in psychology and a 3.0 overall average for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work. If graduate master’s work has been completed, a 3.5 is desirable.

Applying for Fall of 2024 submit documents through the application process  Online Graduate Application Portal:

  • Letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with your academic capabilities.
  • Collect and submit the following documents into the TWU application:  
    • Counseling Psychology Master's Program Application: Complete, and submit a PDF of the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program application
    • Counseling Psychology Master's Program Curriculum Vitae (CV): Use the Curriculum Vita Template to organize your academic, professional, scholarship, and service experiences.  Sample CV for reference.
    • Essays: Respond to the following five questions. Each response should NOT exceed 250 words in length. Upload into application under Writing/Video.
      • What incident or major life event most influenced your desire to pursue an advanced degree in counseling psychology?
      • Describe an event in your life marked by growth in your understanding of people or cultures different from your own. What were the outcomes of this shift in understanding that stay with you today?
      • Please review our program’s Mission, Philosophy, and Aims Statement ( Based on your understanding of our program’s training model, mission, philosophy and aims, please describe how our training model would align with your career goals and how you might contribute to our program’s mission and goals. Please note that our program trains students to work primarily with adults.
      • What are your future career goals? How do you anticipate your experience in the Counseling Psychology program at TWU would help you prepare for your future career goals?
      • What are your major research interests?
  • A virtual interview is required on Feb. 24, 2024. The admissions coordinator will contact those applicants whom the program invites to interview.
  • Should an acceptance offer be extended, the applicant must reply by emailing, on or before April 15, pursuant with the policy of the American Psychological Association.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the graduate counseling psychology admissions criteria and application process.

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

Alumni spotlight: Morenike Olorunnisomo

Morenike Olorunnisomo

Self-awareness and self-reflection are two of the most important components of being a student in this program as well as an effective therapist. As best you're able, use this time to tune in, turn inward, and slow down (and a little therapy doesn't hurt either!).

Morenike Olorunnisomo

Advice to current and future students: "No one is going to be harder on us than we are. This way is not sustainable for a life well lived. Be kind to yourself. Lean on your professors for support."

About Morenike Olorunnisomo

Olorunnisomo graduated with her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in 2020, beginning the pursuit of her passion working with complex trauma survivors. Olorunnisomo has been working in private practice as a licensed professional counselor since graduating as well as helped to facilitate multiple trauma healing retreats and started a somatic movement and mediation group. She is also in the process of receiving her certification in somatic experiencing and yoga teacher training to better serve the populations she most enjoys working with.


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The MA in Counseling Psychology prepares graduates to take the Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) exam (Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors). If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take licensure exams in your home state.

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