Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

Clinical mental health counselors provide direct counseling services to clients by utilizing psychotherapy approaches and practical problem-solving to support individual, family, and community change. They practice in private practice, community, managed care, medical, business, educational and religious settings.

The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UST is designed to develop mental health leaders to serve the community as licensed professional counselors (LPCs).  Our program upholds the highest standards of ethical, legal, and professional conduct; evidence-based clinical practice; social and cultural diversity; social justice and the dignity of all persons; and the ongoing dialog between faith and reason.  

Degree Curriculum and Clinical Experience

Our graduates meet the educational requirements of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (TSBEPC) for eligibility for LPC licensure. The curriculum is also aligned with national standards for clinical mental health counseling programs. 

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health counseling is offered in a cohort as a full-time, daytime, 60-unit degree. Students complete their coursework and more than 700 hours of supervised clinical experience in two calendar years (six consecutive semesters).  A thesis option prepares interested students for further training at the doctoral level.

Employment after Graduation

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health counseling allows you to fast-track your education as a mental health professional.  Our alumni hold counseling and leadership positions throughout the region, and our expansive network of community partners helps our students secure clinical training in some of Houston’s most respected mental health agencies and practices.


Admission decisions are based on a combination of your undergraduate GPA, essay, letters of recommendation and personal interview.  GRE scores may be required if the undergraduate GPA is under 3.0.

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Fall Semester:

  • May 1

Spring Semester:

  • October 1
Knowledge and Skills
  • Demonstrate core competencies in the areas of counseling theories; professional practice and ethics; human growth and development; psychological distress; assessment of client concerns; human diversity; spiritual and religious themes in counseling; counseling couples, families and groups; addictions and recovery; lifestyle and career development; program evaluation; and social justice advocacy. 
  • Demonstrate both foundational and advanced counseling skills through the completion of 700 hours of supervised clinical practice in community-based counseling agencies, with a particular emphasis on counseling underserved youth and adults.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of research, clinical assessment, and program evaluation to improve counseling practice and organizational effectiveness.

Elizabeth Maynard, Ph.D., Director
Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D., Visiting Professor

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