Albuquerque campus to offer master in counseling degree in fall

Release Date: May 13, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE – Wayland Baptist University will begin offering the Master of Arts in Counseling degree with its fall term, which begins August 18.

The degree has been offered at the university’s main campus in Plainview, Texas, for three years and is now expanding to other campuses within the WBU system.

“Increasing student interest in a counseling degree has literally compelled us to offer this powerful and convenient program,” stated Dr. Ben Craver, Albuquerque campus dean.

The MA in Counseling is designed to prepare students as licensed mental health counselors. Additionally, students wishing to pursue certification as a school counselor are able to complete the internship or practicum in a school setting. Students choose the track they are on, which differs only in the area of internships and practicum’s and whether they are completed in a school or a community setting.

Students wishing to enter the degree program should have completed a basic psychology course – or one in developmental psychology or child or adolescent development – prior to being admitted.

The degree requires 49 hours of course work, culminating in a comprehensive exam and an internship. After graduation, students will have completed the requirements in Mew Mexico for initial licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Upon completion of supervised counseling hours under a licensed, clinical professional counselor, the student is eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Classes at WBU-Albuquerque are offered in four 11-week terms each year, allowing students to complete the degree at a faster pace. Classes meet in a hybrid format utilizing both face-to-face weekend classes and online classes to allow adult students to complete course work around daytime jobs. Students enroll in two courses per term.

Admission to the graduate program requires an application and $50 fee (waived for current or past WBU students), as well as transcripts proving the receipt of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applicants with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on their last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework are guaranteed admission; those with a lower GPA may be required to submit a writing sample or be admitted on a probationary status, as long as the GPA is above 2.5.

Tuition for graduate courses will be $220 per hour beginning with the fall term, or $300 per hour for Virtual Campus or ITV courses. Registration for the fall term will be held August 4-15.

The WBU Albuquerque campus will host two open houses to provide information about the program and answer questions from prospective students. Events are scheduled for Monday evening, June 2, and Wednesday evening, June 4, at 6 p.m. For more information about the MA in Counseling at Wayland or to reserve your place at an open house, contact Dr. Ben Craver or Dr. Peggy Morris at the Albuquerque campus at (505) 323-9282.