ENMU offers a Master of Arts in Counseling. This program gives you the knowledge and skills to practice successfully as a professional counselor. When you graduate from this program, you will be qualified to pursue licensure/certification as a professional clinical mental health counselor (M.A.). The counseling program is a residential program with classes held on the ENMU-Portales campus, through distance education (when content is appropriate), and through intensive weekends.

If you are a non-counseling candidate (teacher, administrator), you may request permission to take courses independently or as a concentration in other degree programs.

Program Highlights

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Affordable Master's in Counseling

Eastern New Mexico University has the second lowest master's-level tuition in the state of New Mexico, and has one of the most affordable graduate tuition rates in the United States. If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in 6 or fewer hours per semester, you'll pay tuition and fees at the low in-state rate. Additionally, there are a limited number of Graduate Assistantships available through application to the ENMU Graduate School.

Graduate Tuition and Fees Financial Assistance for Graduates

Career Opportunities with a Master of Arts in Counseling

With a master's degree in Counseling, you can pursue licensure as a professional mental health counselor.

Admission Requirements for Master's in Counseling Program

To apply to the Graduate School for admission to one of the master's degree programs in counseling, you must meet the general Graduate School Admission Requirements. Admission to the Graduate School does not mean you are admitted to a specific master's degree program.

Consideration for admission is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Admission to the Graduate School
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 3.00. If you have a GPA under 3.0, you may be considered for “provisional admission.” In this case, you must earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 during the first semester or the first 9 hours of enrollment.
  3. You must send a letter of application to the counseling program coordinator. The letter should specify your intended area of emphasis and how completion of the program would advance your career goals.
  4. Two letters of recommendation attesting to your motivation and ability to succeed in a graduate counseling program. These letters must be from professional and/or academic references.

All letters should be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (letters of recommendation must be directly sent from the professional's email address) or mailed to:

Graduate School
ENMU Station 24
1500 S Ave K Portales, NM 88130

Graduate School Admission Procedures

Master of Arts in Counseling (60 hours)

Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2020–22 Graduate Catalog

Required Graduate Counseling Courses (51 hours)

COUN 501 Professional Orientation in Counseling 3
COUN 502 Advanced Psychopathology 3
COUN 509 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
COUN 514 Addiction Counseling and Psychopharmacology 3
COUN 516 Ethics 3
COUN 517 Techniques in Counseling 3
COUN 533 Research Seminar 3
COUN 542 Career and Lifestyle Development 3
COUN 544 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 547 Group Counseling 3
COUN 549 Advanced Techniques in Counseling 3
COUN 555 Human Growth and Development 3
COUN 556 Social and Cultural Foundations 3
COUN 575 Counseling Assessment 3
COUN 597 Practicum in Counseling 3
COUN 598 Internship/Seminar 6

Required Elective Courses (9 hours)

You must complete 9 hours from the list below.

COUN 512 Trauma and Crisis Counseling 3
COUN 513 Gender Studies and Human Sexuality 3
COUN 545 Family Counseling 3
COUN 569 Workshop 1
COUN 580 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3

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If you are interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling please submit an application or contact us for more information.

Graduate School Application

All required admission materials should be sent directly to the Graduate School:

Graduate School
ENMU Station 24
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
Phone: 575.562.2147

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ENMU combines an engaging learning environment with current technology to provide a rich educational experience. We focus on preparing students for careers and advanced study; promoting citizenship and leadership skills and values; supporting excellence in teaching and research; and empowering students to respond to a rapidly changing world. With affordable tuition, evening classes as well as select online courses, we offer an education that fits your lifestyle and puts your career goals within reach. Apply now or contact us for further information on how to advance your career by earning a Master of Arts in Counseling.

Graduate Coordinator

Bryan Moffitt

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Assistant Professor of Counseling, Graduate Coordinator

Office Location: Education Building (ED), Room 117C

Phone: 575.562.2819


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