- When and where are classes held?
CMHC classes are held on the University of St. Thomas main campus - 3800 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006. Classes are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am – 11:45am and from 1:00pm – 3:45pm. CMHC does not offer evening or weekend classes.
- What are the differences between the full-time and half-time options?
The full-time schedule follow an intensive curriculum. This track is designed to be completed in two consecutive calendar years, with four classes in the fall, four in the spring and two in the summer terms. You attend classes two days per week.
The half- time schedule follows a less intensive curriculum, if you can’t dedicate two full days a week to classes. This track is designed for completion in four consecutive calendar years, with two classes in the fall, two in the spring and one in the summer terms.
- Can I switch between the half-time and full-time options?
We recommend that, whenever possible, you avoid switching between the two curriculum options or making any other major changes that would affect your course sequencing. These changes could significantly prolong the length and increase cost of the program. In exceptional circumstances, we will try our best to accommodate scheduling conflicts and develop an academic plan that supports you graduating as close to your original graduation date as possible.
- Do you recommend working while completing a program like this?
This program is designed for highly motivated students with clear goals in the counseling profession and requires a significant time commitment; this is especially true for the full- time option. We do not recommend that you attempt to work full- time while in this program. Full-time employment may be feasible if you are enrolled in the half-time course sequence, depending on the flexibility of your employer.
- What is it like in the CMHC classroom?
CMHC courses are offered in a face-to-face format, as we believe that this is the optimal way to support your growth in this field. The required Research Foundations course is offered in a hybrid format, with half of the class time face-to-face and the remainder online.
We focus on small class sizes to maintain an intimate classroom environment which facilitates quality instruction and promotes dynamic class discussions.
CMHC faculty members (both full-time and part-time) are practicing mental health professionals who serve clients outside the university, so we focus on real-world application of classroom concepts to client care.
- How much does this program cost?
The tuition for the CMHC program is $676.00 per unit, not including fees. Each course is 3 units and our program is 20 courses total.
- Is this program accredited?
The University of St. Thomas is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The CMHC program, as part of the University, also enjoys full SACS accreditation. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (TSBEPC), the state agency that issues licenses to professional counselors, requires counselors to graduate from regionally accredited graduate programs. Our SACS accreditation fully satisfies the state requirement.
Accreditation of a counseling program by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is not required in Texas so this is an optional national accreditation for a program like ours.However, we believe CACREP accreditation is an important benefit for future graduates. For that reason, our curriculum is currently “CACREP-aligned,” which means the curriculum meets the CACREP standards while we are in the multi-year process of securing full CACREP-accreditation for the program. The CMHC program will be eligible to formally apply for CACREP accreditation in Fall 2017, and expects to be fully accredited by CACREP in the 2018-2019 academic year.
Graduation from a CACREP-aligned or CACREP-accredited program, while not required in Texas, may promote licensure mobility to other U.S. states.
- Transfer of Graduate-Level Coursework
If you apply to CMHC and have completed graduate-level counseling coursework at another regionally-accredited university, you may apply for the transfer of up to 12 units to the MS program. You would need to provide copies of the syllabi for each of your completed courses to the CMHC department chair, who then evaluates them for equivalency to required courses in the MS curriculum.