M.Ed. Counseling and Development Admissions Requirements

Admissions Step 1 - University Application

Complete the Application Form via ApplyTexas and pay a one-time application fee of $25. For more information about admissions to the Lamar University Graduate Studies, click here.

Submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Transcripts are required from each institution you list on your ApplyTexas.org application.

Mail to: Lamar University Online Admissions – P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, TX 77710,


Submit transcripts electronically to luadmtran@lamar.edu

GPA Requirements by Program Concentration:

  • School Counseling: For admission consideration, applicants must have an undergraduate or cumulative* GPA of 2.75 or higher for admission consideration.
  • Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling: For admission consideration, applicants must have an undergraduate or cumulative* GPA of 3.0 or higher.

*i.e. cumulative GPA = GPA that is the result of the combination of completed undergraduate and master's degree

Admissions Step 2 - Department Application

Complete and submit the Departmental Application: 24-48 hours after submitting your Apply Texas application, you should receive an automated email with a link and instructions to complete the Department Application or you can click here if you have already applied; please select the link for your intended program:



The Department Application includes:

  • Important information about the program and licensure acknowledgement
  • Professional informed Consent
  • EssaysApplicants will have the opportunity to discuss their career goals and motivation for pursuing Clinical Mental Health Counseling through structured essay questions
  • Your Professional Reference that you list on the department application will be contacted directly via email with instructions for completing the reference form. If your reference does not receive the automated email, please contact cospadmissions@lamar.edu.

Department application essay and reference are due by noon 10 business days after the Apply TX Deadline - Critical Dates and Deadlines 

Our Department Application process is designed to meet the goal of recruiting, enrolling, and graduating a high-quality, diverse student population. The Admissions Committee appreciates our prospective students' attention to detail and commitment to their counseling career goals.

Additional Admissions Requirements for the M.Ed. in Counseling and Development Professional School Counselor
(TX applicants only):

      • Valid teaching certificate
      • Two years teaching experience at the time the application is submitted
      • Employment at a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved public or private school campus. Is your school is TEA approved? View these directories of Public Schools or Private Schools.

*Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criterion. Out of state applicants must determine whether our program will meet state credentialing requirements by contacting their respective state's Department of Education.

*Non-Texas residents are not eligible to take the Texas certification exam or to apply for School Counseling Certification in Texas.

*The School Counseling concentration does not meet requirements for LMFT licensure, but it does meet requirements for LPC licensure in Texas and some other states.

*Upon admission to the School Counseling Program, candidates will be required to sign and submit a formal acceptance to the program as well as submit a teaching certificate, service records, and details about their TEA campus before being enrolled in coursework. Instructions will be emailed to students who are admitted. 

Additional Admissions Information (all programs):

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm the requirements for certification and/or licensure in their home state. Admissions applications may be denied at the department level if it is determined that the chosen program will not meet a state’s standards.
  • Returning Students: You are not required to re-submit department application documents if you have completed at least one course in the program. We will review your academic progress in the program and the appropriate admissions decision will be based on your academic standing.
  • Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.
  • Incomplete Department Application packets will not be reviewed or considered for admission. Applicants who do not complete all application components within the semester initially applied for must reapply to the program through ApplyTexas.org for the next available start date.

In the online programs, each traditional 15-week semester is broken down into three (3) sessions – i.e. Spring I, Spring II and Spring III. Summer is broken down into two (2) sessions - Summer I and Summer II.

Please click here for a list of upcoming admissions deadlines and start dates for online programs.