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A career in counseling is a way. ETBU makes it possible.

The School of Natural and Social Sciences at East Texas Baptist University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling. The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program is designed with academic rigor and holistic attention to the entire person of the graduate student. Upon graduation from our program, you will be well-prepared to competently provide professional counseling services in a variety of settings as well as fully understand aspects of practice management and emerging professional trends.


The Master of Arts in Counseling program prepares you to:

1) Meet educational requirements for obtaining intern status as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and other states that require 60 hours or less. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Counseling Exam (NCE).

2) Demonstrate knowledge and skills of professional counseling for intervention concerning a wide variety of mental illnesses, individual and family dynamics, and life concerns. To this end, you will receive broad training in a variety of models of counseling and psychotherapy as well as specific training in specialty areas such as Marriage and Family Counseling, Addictions Counseling, Counseling with Issues of Crisis and Trauma, Counseling with Children and Adolescents, and Play Therapy.

3) Demonstrate capability as a practitioner-scholar, capable of consuming research and applying empirical research methods for advancement of intervention and support. You will be able to use current research to help your clients, and you will be well-positioned for adapting to emerging trends in professional practice.

4) Be a self-aware and self-reflective leader who understands and addresses issues of racism, discrimination, sexism, power, privilege and oppression which impact the practice and policy levels of counseling in a multicultural society.

5) Have the knowledge and skills that enables you to integrate faith, religion, and spirituality competently into counseling.


As you consider graduation training in counseling, please browse through our website to learn more about our faculty, the program requirements and course offerings, and the application and admission process. Certainly, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about graduate training in counseling at ETBU.

For further information fill out the online "Graduate Interest Information Form", or contact Dr. Lynn New, Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, or Dr. David Deel, the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Counseling program, at the following:

Phone: 903-923-2252

Email: macounsel@etbu.edu