Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in our programs! We invite you to read the information related to the following topics that can help to guide you through the admission process. Please note that this information is most relevant to our Online Counseling programs, however, it can be helpful to campus applicants as well. Please contact cospadmissions@lamar.edu if you have any additional questions.

I completed my ApplyTexas application, but I have not received my department application via email.

After submitting your applytexas.org application and your transcripts, your next step is to complete the Department Application and submit reference contact information (The link should have been automatically sent to you about 48 hours after submitting your applytexas.org application.)

  • After submitting the Department Application, the reference form will be automatically sent to the email address you list in the reference section of the Department Application. 

If you have not received the aforementioned automated email, please click the following link to complete the Department Application. Be sure to select the correct program's link:

DEPARTMENT APPLICATION FOR M.Ed. CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAM

DEPARTMENT APPLICATION FOR M.Ed. COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT - SCHOOL COUNSELING 

DEPARTMENT APPLICATION FOR M.Ed. COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT - MARRIAGE, COUPLES, AND FAMILY COUNSELING 

Please be sure that all transcripts from all previous universities you have attended are submitted to Lamar University Online Admissions – P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, TX 77710 or electronically to  luadmtran@lamar.edu - we will not be able to complete your department review until all transcripts are received.

You can check the status of your university application and transcripts here: http://www.lamar.edu/admissions-status. Specific questions about transcripts can be directed to Online Admissions at luonlineadmissions@lamar.edu

Please be sure to adhere to deadlines listed here.

Are students in the online programs able to receive financial aid (FAFSA)?

Yes. Be sure to complete your FAFSA before or at the time you submit your ApplyTexas application. Vist LU Financial Aid Office for additional resources.

Please note that starting the program on the third 5-week start date in Fall and Spring or the second 5-week start date in Summer means that the first class is not Financial Aid eligible because students are required to complete at least 2 courses in a semester to receive aid. If you have applied and you need to change your start date, please contact cospadmissions@lamar.edu for options.

Other than this page, where are some additional resources that can be helpful to a new applicant or newly admitted student?

Helpful Information:

IT - LU Accounts and Password Support

Department Resources

LU Online Student Toolkit

M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling FAQs 

M.Ed. Counseling and Development - Marriage and Family Counseling FAQs 

M.Ed. Counseling and Development - School Counseling FAQs

Program Information

Admissions Requirements by Program

Critical Dates and Deadlines

Please note that starting the program on the third 5-week term in Fall and Spring or the second 5-week term in Summer means that the first class is not Financial Aid eligible. If you need to change your start date, please email cospadmissions@lamar.edu for options.

Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions 

Questions about transcripts? Contact: luonlineadmissions@lamar.edu 

Questions about registration? Contact: luacademic@lamar.edu

I am a returning student - what steps do I take?

If you have completed at least one course in the program within the past 6 years or if you were recently admitted and postponed your start date this academic year, you are considered a returning student. All returning students who have been out of the program for at least one long semester (I.e. a full Spring or Fall semester) or students who have sat out and are returning in a new semester are required to re-apply to the program through applytexas.org. Because you are a returning student, you do not need to complete the department application process that is referred to in automated emails you may receive after submitting your applytexas.org application unless specifically requested by the Admissions Committee via email. The Admissions Committee will conduct a review of your academic progress in the program; you may be asked to provide additional information if you are below good academic standing. You will be notified by email with an admissions decision or a request for additional information.

What is the timeline to complete the online program?

It typically takes students between 2.5-3 years to complete any of our 60-hour Counseling master’s programs.

How much does it cost to attend the online program?

Tuition for the online programs are set at $900 per course. Tuition for our 60-hour programs costs $18,000 and our 18-hour program is $5,400. Tuition rates are subject to change by university administration.

Where can I find information about admission deadlines and start dates for the online programs?

Deadlines and start dates can be found  on our Calendar of Critical Dates.

Department application documents are due 10 business days after the applytexas.org deadline listed for the start date you have chosen - no exceptions.

Incomplete applications can move to the additional start dates in a semester - for example: if you apply for the first start date offered in Spring but do not complete the application requirements, your application will move to the second start date consideration that semester.

If the application requirements are not completed by the final start date in the semester you have applied for, you will be required to resubmit the applytexas.org application to be considered for future semester start dates.

Please note that starting the program on the third 5-week start date in Fall and Spring or the second 5-week start date in Summer means that the first class is not Financial Aid eligible because students are required to complete at least 2 courses in a semester to receive aid. If you need to change your start date, please contact cospadmissions@lamar.edu for options.

Where do I submit my service record?

Applicants for the M.Ed. Counseling and Development - School Counseling program (only):

Important Service Record Request Information:

If your GPA, essay responses, and principal reference meet the requirements for admission, we will e-mail instructions to upload a copy of your teaching certificate, official service record(s), and details about the campus where you will be conducting practicum/internship activities. We recommend that you request a copy of your service record(s) with an authorized signature from your HR department now, as some districts require several weeks to process this request. If you have taught in more than one district, you should collect service records for each district. Your current district may have copies of your previous service records.

You must provide service records to document a minimum of two years of teaching experience. If your district lists the “position held” as the grade level/subject or an abbreviation that does not obviously indicate that the position is a classroom teacher, you should request a revised service record or a signed statement from the HR office on district letterhead indicating that your position for the years in question was a classroom teacher.

Instructions for submitting the service record and other required documents will be e-mailed to you after your Lamar e-mail address is activated and generated. Please do not e-mail your service record. The purpose of this e-mail is only to give advance notice that the service record will be required. Prepare to have your signed service record available to submit at least three weeks before your first course begins.

I have already completed a master’s degree in [school] counseling and I am interested in a program to provide me with additional courses so that I can apply for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in my state.

As of Fall 2019, we are offering a new 18-hour non-degree program called Certificate in Mental Health Counseling.

More information can be found here.

To apply for this program, you will need to complete the university application at applytexas.org and select “Mental Health Counseling Certificate – ONLINE” as your major. After this is completed, you should receive an email in 2-3 business days with your Lamar ID number, which will be needed to complete the department application.

Once you apply, our department will email you the department application requirements. If you do not receive the department application within 5 business days after completing the applytexas.org application, please contact cospadmissions@lamar.edu to request it. 

Please note that each course is a 5-week, online course. Information about upcoming start dates and deadlines can be found here: https://www.lamar.edu/education/critical-dates-master-of-education.html  Also, keep in mind that starting the program in the Third Five Week Term in Fall and Spring or the Second Five Week Term in Summer means that the first class is not Financial Aid eligible.

The department application and 2 letters of recommendation are due by the applytexas.org deadline listed on the above link. If you are approved to begin the program, you will be sent an Acceptance Acknowledgment to sign and return for your admission to be processed.

FAQs:

Cost of the program? 

  • Each course is $900 x 6 courses = $5400 = total cost of the 18-hour program.

Can the department review my transcript to determine if this program will help me to pursue LPC licensure?

  • No. It is the student’s responsibility to view state requirements and compare it to the courses they have already taken to determine what additional courses are needed.
  • The following is a link to the Texas Administrative Code’s section on Academic Requirements for Texas LPCs: 
  • https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=22&pt=30&ch=681&sch=E&rl=Y
  • See §681.83 Academic Course Content
  • If you are a non-Texas resident, you can search for your state’s requirements online.  

The additional courses I need are not offered in the course listing for the Certificate in Mental Health Counseling, can I take other courses?

  • No. The courses in the Certificate in Mental Health Counseling cannot be altered. Students who enroll in the program are expected to complete the full 18-hour program of study.
  • Field experience (practicum/internship) is not offered in this program.

Do the online counseling programs accept transfer credits?

At this time, we are unable to accept transfer credits to our online counseling programs. We can accept some transfer credits to the campus program.

I only need to take a couple of master’s level counseling courses, what is the process for non-degree seeking students?

Lamar Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transfer credit. Non-degree seeking students are encouraged to apply for the Certificate in Mental Health Counseling program, if that program’s courses meet your needs. More information here.

How can I learn more about accreditation?

I have logged on to my account at this link (http://www.lamar.edu/admissions-status ) to see the status of my application and it says “Decision made” and “Review (AP Program)”. What does this mean?

“Decision Made” refers to the University decision to permit or deny you admission at the university level based on submission of your GPA/transcripts. However, you are not fully accepted to your program of choice until your Department Application and Professional Reference documents are processed and scored – i.e. Department Review – “Review (AP Program)”. Once the department’s admissions committee makes an admissions decision based on the review of your department application and other admission requirements, you will be notified via email.
 

You should receive a confirmation email for each of the department application requirements (essay and reference form) when they are received by us; if you receive those confirmation emails, you can disregard any reminders you may receive and you do not need to follow up to request the status of your application; we will review your application as quickly and efficiently as possible and you will receive an email with a decision. Thank you for your cooperation.

My reference listed on the department application has not yet received the form to be completed – what are my next steps?

Please send an email to cospadmissions@lamar.edu with your reference’s email address and you will receive a reply with additional instructions. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.

Why are these programs named as an M.Ed. instead of MS or MA?

Lamar University’s Department of Counseling is housed in the College of Education and Human Development, which is why the degree we offer is a Master of Education. Counseling licensure boards/organizations do not typically stipulate the area of the master’s degree beyond the requirement that it is a master’s level degree in counseling; see the Texas Administrative Code for reference.

I am an out-of-state applicant; can I apply for an online counseling program?

Out-of-state applicants are generally eligible for our online counseling programs. Any known issues with program delivery by state is listed on our website. Please check your state here.

What does the department review process entail?

The departmental review criteria for the M.Ed. Counseling programs are based on multiple standards including knowledge of the field, community outreach, understanding of diverse populations, GPA, professional disposition, and academic writing. Your essay responses and other application components are evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Please see the timeline for review Q&A for more information.

What is the timeline for review of my application for the online programs?

The department review process takes about 5-10 business days to be completed once we have received your applytexas.org application, transcripts, department application essay and reference form. Sometimes transcripts and other individual requirements prolong this process as we are unable to complete admissions review at the department level unless those requirements are completed.

You may check the status of your transcripts only here. Specific questions about transcripts can be directed to luonlineadmissions@lamar.edu.

You should receive a confirmation email for each of the department application requirements (essay and reference form) when they are received by us; if you receive those confirmation emails, you can disregard any reminders you may receive and you do not need to follow up to request the status of your application; we will review your application as quickly and efficiently as possible and you will receive an email with a decision. Thank you for your cooperation.

Can I take more than one course at a time to complete the program faster?

Our online programs are highly structured, and students are not permitted to take courses outside of the course rotation schedule for their program.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Course Schedule

Counseling and Development - School Counseling - Course Schedule

Counseling and Development - Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling - Course Schedule 

 

Can I take extra undergrad courses to boost my GPA for admission?

No. At this time, we are only able to consider your institutional bachelor’s degree GPA or cumulative GPA of completed degree programs (i.e. master’s degree GPA and bachelor’s degree GPA) for admission purposes.

What is the format of courses in the online program? What can I expect?

Courses are offered in a 5-week format and you will take one (1) course per 5-week term when you begin the program. After about midway through the program, you will take Advanced Rotation courses which are in 12 and 15-week formats and you will be permitted to simultaneously take up to 2 courses at the appropriate time (i.e. when you are enrolled in a 15-week internship course, you will take another course at the same time).

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Course Schedule

Counseling and Development - School Counseling - Course Schedule

Counseling and Development - Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling - Course Schedule

In each course, you will participate in discussion board posts, watch either live or a recorded lecture and complete weekly written assignments. Some courses have tests/quizzes as well.

Textbooks are available in a digital/online format or you can order hardcopy textbooks as well. Textbook information is usually made available in the first day of class in the Blackboard course.

I am an out-of-state applicant for the School Counseling program, am I required to have teaching experience for admission?

We require 2 years of teaching experience for Texas residents only at the time the application is submitted.

It is the responsibility of the out-of-state applicant to confirm the requirements for certification and/or licensure in their home state. As an out-of-state student, you are not eligible to take the Texas certification exam or to apply for School Counseling Certification in Texas. Some states require you to become certified in the state you complete the master’s program; you would not be able to do so in Texas because Texas requires practicum and internship hours to be completed at a TEA-approved campus in Texas. Please follow up with your state’s board of education to confirm requirements.

What is the Residency course and how is it different from Practicum/Internship courses?

Residency is an intensive skills-training course that is taken twice in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and once in the Counseling and Development programs. This is a 5-week online course, however, during one of those weeks, you will be required to travel to our campus in Beaumont for the face-to-face requirement of the course.

More information here: Residency Information

 

Practicum and Internship are field experience courses where you will gain hours of supervised experience as a graduate level counseling intern at a program approved site. Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling students take one Practicum course and two Internship courses. School Counseling students take one Practicum and one Internship course.

More information here: Practicum/Internship Information

What are the Practicum/Internship requirements?

Information about field experience can be found here.

What are acceptable practicum/internship sites?

Clinical Mental Health Counseling:

Students are encouraged to begin researching local community mental health resources for sites that offer graduate student counseling intern placements as early as possible. If you are seeking Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) licensure, examples of acceptable sites are local community counseling agencies, hospitals, and addiction treatment centers.

School Counseling:

If you are a Texas resident seeking school counseling certification, your practicum and internship hours must be completed at a Texas Education Agency (TEA)-approved campus in order to meet state certification requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with their campus principal or other administrators early in the program to prepare for any necessary agreements/documentation required for completion of field experience hours by their campus.

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling:

Students are encouraged to begin researching local resources for sites that offer graduate student counseling intern placements as early as possible.

If you are seeking Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) licensure, your practicum and internship hours must be completed at a site that specifically serves families and couples to meet state graduate field experience requirements for LMFT licensure.

If you are seeking Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) licensure, examples of acceptable sites are local community counseling agencies, hospitals, and addiction treatment centers.

Once you are ready to take your practicum and internship courses towards the end of the program, you will submit information about your chosen site for approval. You can also work with your assigned Faculty Advisor once enrolled if you want to ask questions about sites early in your coursework.

I have been accepted to the online program – what are my next steps?

You will receive orientation information via email once you are registered and enrolled in all of your courses by your Student Services Advisors. Questions about registration can be sent to luacademic@lamar.edu a week prior to your start date.

After receiving your acceptance letter from University Admissions, you can access your Lamar email by going to lamar.edu and in the top left-hand corner, click “LU Connect”. From there click “Students” and then “LU Email” and follow the instructions to login. 

You may also find this page helpful.

What is my anticipated graduation date?

Please consult your program’s course schedule (below). If you still have questions or need assistance with understanding the schedule, please contact your Faculty Advisor.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Course Schedule

Counseling and Development - School Counseling - Course Schedule

Counseling and Development - Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling - Course Schedule

I am a current Lamar student enrolled in a M.Ed. Counseling program – how can I contact my Advisor?

Your Faculty Advisor is your "go-to" person to help you understand some of the long-term components of the program content, such as residency in Beaumont and requirements of the field experience for both in state and out-of-state students. In addition, the faculty advisor will help monitor some of the essential characteristics of your development, such as awareness of your communication with others and taking proactive steps for wellness.

Here is a list of our Faculty Advisors.

What other support roles are available to me as a student in the online Counseling programs?

The role of the Faculty Advisor is different than the role of your Student Services Graduate Advisor. Faculty Advisors do not address scheduling, payment, or course add/drops. Students should contact a Student Services Graduate Advisor for those types of requests at luacademic@lamar.edu.