• Master of Arts in Counseling Curriculum

    Courses Integrate Counseling, Faith, and Practice

    The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program offered through CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies provides a strong clinical counseling background within a Christian framework that promotes study of the whole person, including the spiritual dimension. Integrating faith, clinical experience, and current counseling theory into a comprehensive educational experience equips students to be effective counselors in a variety of settings.

    Graduate students participate in a foundational core of study that includes counseling theories and techniques designed to equip students as leaders and counseling professionals in the mental health field. Counseling students explore counseling theories and methods, family systems, developmental psychology, group therapy, and career development from a Christian worldview and a culturally responsive framework. Students complete their course of study with an innovative capstone course designed to integrate the students’ theory, faith and clinical field experience.

    The in-seat Master of Arts in Counseling degree requires completion of the following 60 hours:
    • Counseling Core (41 hours)
    • Bible and Theology (4 hours)
    • Practicum/Internship (9 hours)
    • Electives (6 hours)
    The online Master of Arts in Counseling degree requires completion of the following 60 hours:
    • Counseling Core (39 hours)
    • Bible and Theology (4 hours)
    • Practicum/Internship (9 hours)
    • Residency (4 hours)
    • Electives (4 hours)

    View Course Catalog for a complete list of courses and detailed descriptions.


    National Counselor Examination

    The MAC curriculum includes all coursework needed to prepare for licensure in the state of Colorado. Students are equipped to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE), which is the licensing exam in Colorado and many other states. Graduates of the program are academically prepared to become licensed professional counselors, and begin the process of pursuing state licensure. State licensure requirements vary from state to state. Students should research their individual state licensure requirements.

    CACREP Accreditation

    CCU’s Master of Arts in Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Programs accredited by CACREP are reviewed against professionally approved standards, resulting in a streamlined licensure application process.

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    Dr. Paula Tipton

    Assistant Professor of Counseling
    Social Sciences and Humanities Division

    Teaching counseling at CCU affords me the privilege to affirm, support, and develop the spiritual aspect of a person’s nature to enhance psychological and emotional well-being among students and their potential clients.
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