Admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Colorado Christian University is selective. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her potential as a counselor and ability to contribute to the program. In the application review process, each candidate's professional, intellectual, and personal experiences are considered in relation to potential for successful graduate study.
After the first semester in the MAC Program, each student is again carefully reviewed by the MAC faculty and administrative team based on his or her academic work, basic skills, and professional behavior. This evaluation process is performed to fulfill our CACREP and professional gate-keeping responsibilities, and to ensure that each student is a good fit for the field of counseling.
The application for admission to CCU's Master of Arts in Counseling program is available online, giving you the flexibility to complete your application and access required documents in multiple stages.
Your first step in applying to CCU is to Create an Account. The information from this secure account will automatically be entered on your online application, simplifying the process to complete the application.
The graduate program application and fee should be submitted electronically. Please print copies of required documents as necessary and submit them to Colorado Christian University, College of Adult and Graduate Studies Admission.
If you have any questions, please contact your CCU Enrollment Counselor to assist you with the application process.
You can enter the Master of Arts in Counseling program at multiple points in the academic year. For a fall semester start in August, the completed application deadline is July 1. For a spring semester start in January, the application deadline is December 1. For non-cohort starts, the deadline is four weeks prior to the start date. All required documents must be received by CCU before an admission interview will be granted.
You should complete the admission process as early as possible so you will have adequate time to work with an advisor and qualify for financial aid.
Students may transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at Colorado Christian University and fulfill CCU's degree requirements for the M.A. in Counseling program. Specific courses which will not be accepted for transfer into the MAC program include: CSL500 Counseling Skills; CSL510 Group Processing; CSL620 Counseling Services and Methods; CSL653 Internship; CSL674 Professional Orientation; CSL680 Integrative Seminar (Capstone).
The Master of Arts in Counseling degree meets all the requirements for graduates to test for licensure in the state of Colorado. Licensure requirements vary from state to state, and students are responsible for knowing the requirements of the state in which they seek licensure, including Colorado, and to review the state requirements above and beyond academic achievement and testing. The State Board Map provided by the National Board for Certified Counselors is a helpful resource when researching state licensure information.
Classes are held in the late afternoon, evening, weekends, or on-line, which meets the needs of working adults. The MAC program is designed to be completed within seven to eight semesters of intensive study in a “lock-step” cohort by persons who work full time and have the flexibility to be able to meet for the face-to-face classes as necessary. MAC courses are taught in a blended classroom format with face-to-face time and online assignments. The online program will include 4-5 day intensive residential experiences on a regular basis. Students will need to make arrangements to attend each one as scheduled and required.
All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a six-year period from the date of enrollment. After the six-year period, a MAC student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be required to complete a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Continuing study is not guaranteed, and must be approved by the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities. Students are required to adhere to the most current academic policies, fees, and tuition rates.
Students who need to step out of the cohort, and who have not attended a class for a period of 365 days, will need to reapply to the program, have an updated interview, and if accepted, will then be held to the current catalogue standards. Stepping out of the cohort will result in a delayed completion of the student’s program. Core classes in the cohort shall be taken in the student’s assigned cohort; electives may be taken at other centers.
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