Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) program offers three areas of concentration. The number of credits required depends on the concentration you pursue. Concentrations include:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration is a 90-quarter credit program. Upon completion, you will be prepared to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and in many other states.

Curricula include foundational courses in psychopathology, ethics, human development, multicultural approaches to counseling theories, and much more. You will also get diverse, real-world training through our in-house clinic and other practicum and internship opportunities.

But what makes our program unique is that you can apply 15 elective credits (of your 90 total credits) to one of five specialty areas:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Couple and Family Counseling
  • Diversity and Social Justice Counseling
  • Blended Option

You can also take these specialty-area courses as electives if you’re studying in the School Counseling or Research concentrations; however, they won’t count toward your required 72 credit hours.

School Counseling

Upon completion of this concentration, you will be able to apply for the School Counselor License in Colorado. Licensure is through the Colorado Department of Education, and allows you to work as a school counselor for children and young adults (up to age 21).

This concentration requires 72-quarter credit hours. You will complete a supervised practicum, supervised internship in a school setting, and courses related to a school-based environment.

Research

Prepare for a research-based career in counseling, or start preparing for future doctoral work. This concentration requires 72-quarter credit hours. You will take advanced courses in research design and statistics. You will also complete a supervised practicum and internship as well as a thesis. You will not be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Each of these areas offers basic counseling courses to help you develop your individual, group, and career counseling skills. You will also be able to take your knowledge out of the classroom and apply it in the field. Our onsite clinic and community partnerships give you the opportunity to work directly with patients, while under the guidance of faculty.

Our M.A. program focuses primarily on adolescent and adult counseling; however, you can pursue interests in child counseling through practicum opportunities or you can focus on marital and family counseling through coursework. Our faculty will support your interests and help you find the right path to achieving your goals.

Accreditation

We are accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)  for our M.A. program.

The Counseling Psychology program in Clinical Mental Health is CACREP equivalent, meaning our coursework mirrors that of a CACREP accredited program. As our coursework aligns with CACREP accreditation, DORA in CO will recognize it as fulfilling program requirements for licensure. Our School Counseling program is also recognized by CDE as meeting the requirements for licensure.

Approximate Completion Time

Two to three years

Contacts

Department Chair
Dr. Ruth Chao
303-871-2556, KRH 261
Chu-Lien.Chao@du.edu

Academic Services Associate
Gabrielle Reimer
303-871-2473, KRH 250
Gabrielle.Reimer@du.edu

Admissions Contact
Rachel Riley
303-871-2509, KRH 110
mce@du.edu
Office Hours: By appointment only

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