Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) program offers two 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. If you want to pursue licensure in a state other than Colorado, contact the state’s Board of Education to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements.

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.


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.


The program learning outcomes for the Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology are as follows:

  • Students demonstrate the knowledge of theory, research, and practice of Counseling Psychology.
  • Students demonstrate the therapeutic skills to practice counseling psychology

We are accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for our Clinical Mental Health Concentration in the M.A. program. Program data regarding students, faculty, and licensure as required by MPCAC can be found here. Additionally, the Clinical Mental Health Concentration is recognized as fulfilling program requirements for licensure in Colorado. The University of Denver has not yet determined whether the program meets licensure requirements in a state other than Colorado or in any U.S. protectorates. For students seeking licensure in a state other than Colorado, students should contact the state’s Board of Education to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements.

Approximate Completion Time

Two to three years


Department Chair
Dr. Patton Garriott
303-871-6758, KRH 253

Academic Services Associate
Michelle Donovan

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2503, KRH 113

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