• Master of Arts in Counseling Admission Requirements

    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 has the skills needed for the field of counseling.

    Admission Application

    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.

    Admission Requirements

    • Complete the graduate admission application online.
    • Submit your resume or Curriculum Vitae through the online application process.
    • Provide your enrollment counselor with a copy of your state-issued driver's license or a state-issued identification card. This ID must include your photo and be within the expiration date. If you are an international student, contact your enrollment counselor.
    • You must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. A psychology undergraduate major is preferred but not required.
    • If your undergraduate GPA is 3.25 or above, you are exempt from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement. If your GPA is less than 3.25, you must take the GRE and submit your test scores to CCU. Scores submitted must be within the last five years. The Colorado Christian University reporting code for the GRE is 4659.
    • Obtain two letters of recommendation from references who have known you more than one year. One reference must be from a current or former employer, supervisor or professor; the other must be from a pastoral or spiritual mentor, or individual in a position of authority who has knowledge of applicant's character and maturity. Download CCU's Letter of Recommendation form (PDF) and mail it as soon as possible to the person(s) you would like to complete it on your behalf.
    • If you have attended another graduate program, but not completed it, you will need to obtain a letter from that school or from a faculty member in that program indicating whether you left the program in good standing, and you will need to obtain a transcript from that experience. If you are unable to provide a letter of good standing from the prior institution or program, please submit a letter requesting an exception to policy indicating the reasons you cannot provide the letter of good standing.
    • Participate in an admission interview(s), and respond to any additional requests by designated M.A. Counseling program personnel.
    • Submit a signed disclosure statement.
    • Upon provisional acceptance into the program, you must complete a criminal background check online through Certified Background. Enter the student code CG88. This must be completed before registering for your first class.
    Mail all application-related materials to:

    Colorado Christian University
    CAGS Service Central
    8787 W. Alameda Ave.
    Lakewood, CO 80226

    Or, email AdmissionsSupport@ccu.edu.

    Application Deadlines

    New students may 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. Application files will be evaluated in the order received.

    Due to the nature of the intensive residencies, the online Master's in Counseling cohort starts will occur during the fall semester. For a fall semester cohort start in August, the application deadline is July 1. For online non-cohort starts, the completed application deadline is four weeks prior to the start date. All required admissions documents must be received by CCU before an admission interview will be granted. Application files will be evaluated in the order received.

    Applicants 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.

    Transfer of Courses

    In accordance with CCU’s Graduate Residency Policy, students transferring from a regionally accredited institution may transfer up to 12 approved semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited master’s program toward the Master’s in Counseling degree, with a letter of recommendation from that program.

    The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU degree requirements for Master's in Counseling. Specific courses which will not be accepted for transfer include:

    • CSL 500 Counseling Skills
    • CSL 510 Group Processing
    • CSL 581 Integrative Intensive Seminar I
    • CSL 582 Integrative Intensive Seminar II
    • CSL 620 Counseling Services and Methods
    • CSL 653 Internship
    • CSL 674 Professional Orientation
    • CSL 680 Integrative Seminar
    • CSL 681 Integrative Intensive Seminar III

    Licensing

    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.

    Time Limitation

    All work applied toward the Master's in Counseling degree must be completed within a six-year period from the date of enrollment. After the six-year period, any 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 catalog standards. Stepping out of the cohort will result in a delayed completion of the student’s program.

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