The UTEP Graduate School accepts applications year round. Applicants are encouraged to check their prospective programs for deadline dates and special entry requirements Use the following link to access
Information for students interested in admission to the Counseling Program
The first step in the admission process is to apply to the Graduate School and indicate your intended major as Counseling with a concentration
To explain the departmental process more fully, your transcript information will be reviewed by the departmental Graduate Adviser as soon as it becomes available from the Graduate School. You will be eligible for conditional admission if you have at least a 3.25 GPA on your upper division course work, in your major, or your cumulative record (all courses), and grades of B or better in 12 hours of upper division
Deadlines to submit your admission application to the Graduate School (indicate counseling as your intended major) are June 15th for the fall
Information for students with prior Master's Degrees in Mental Health Counseling wanting to become Certified School Counselors
Students with prior master's degrees in mental health counseling who want to become certified school counselors may apply through the Graduate School as Certification Only (as opposed to degree seeking) students and must take specified
Contact Debbie Diaz, departmental administrative assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule an appointment for transcript evaluation and information as to specific course work needed to be recommended for certification.
Information for students enrolled in the Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) whose ultimate goal is to become Certified School Counselors
Students should complete all required ATCP course work and apply to the Graduate School for the M.Ed. in Counseling at some point after they begin teaching. Completion of an alternative certification program meets nine hours of the required upper division course work in professional education discussed above. SPED 5320 still must be taken at some point. Most school counseling students teach as they pursue their school counseling degree as two years of teaching experience is required to be certified as a school counselor in Texas. Although teaching experience is not required to be admitted to the counseling program, all ATCP course work should be completed prior to starting work toward the M.Ed. in School Counseling so that may have the student’s complete attention. Also, per Graduate School requirements, there is a
Information for students with prior Master's Degrees in Counseling wanting to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
Students completing the M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling at UTEP will be academically prepared for the Texas LPC exam as our 60-hour degree meets state requirements to be eligible to take the LPC exam. Students from other universities who lack necessary course work to be academically prepared for the LPC exam may take those courses at UTEP without having to go through the formal admission process but will need to apply as a non-degree student through the Graduate School. Contact Steve Johnson, Ph.D., departmental graduate adviser, at email@example.com to obtain specific information regarding registering for courses to meet LPC requirements.