Colorado Christian University
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offered through CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies combines rigorous coursework, experiential learning, and mentoring relationships designed to equip you to become a culturally sensitive professional counselor.

A distinguishing feature of the master's degree in counseling program is the Christian framework that encompasses every aspect of the curriculum.

As a master's degree in counseling student, you'll be given the unique opportunity to integrate Christian faith and sound counseling principles.

Optional program emphases include: Marriage and Family Therapy and Substance Use Disorders.

Upon completion of the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program curriculum, you'll be prepared to take the National Counselor Exam, which is the clinical mental health licensure exam for the state of Colorado and many other states.

Counseling Program Emphases

Students may choose an optional emphasis in one of the following areas:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy — The emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy addresses the growing demand for compassionate professionals who can provide biblically-informed prevention, intervention, and healing for distressed families, couples, and individuals. This program offers in-depth understanding of interpersonal relationships, human behavior, social influence, mental and emotional issues or disorders, conflict resolution, and most importantly, family dynamics.
  • Substance Use Disorders — The emphasis in Substance Use Disorders addresses the high demand for trained professionals to address widespread behavioral disorders and addiction to alcohol and other chemical substances. This program equips you to provide leadership in developing, evaluating, and implementing holistic models for addiction treatment.

Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program distinctives

  • Our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, faculty, students and alumni have consistently been recognized by state and national counseling associations.
  • 82% of site supervisors for counseling students report that CCU Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are more clinically prepared than the average counseling student.
  • Students in CCU's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consistently score higher than the national average on important exams, such as the National Counselor Exam (NCE).
  • Faith Informed Clinical Identity and Practice (FICIP) is integrated into all Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling coursework.

Counseling master's program benefits

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is a great match for the student interested in a Clinical Mental Health degree.

  • Students are mentored by qualified professors who have extensive academic and clinical background experience.
  • Through hands-on field experiences, students are challenged to explore how their theory and faith integrate as a professional clinician.
  • Classes for the master’s in counseling program are offered in two formats — the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online and in-seat — to meet the needs of adult students who are busy with work and family commitments.
  • Classes are provided in a format that allows students to study with a community of peers focused on a common goal.
  • A Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree can open up opportunities for clinical counseling positions nationwide with attractive potential salaries for counseling degree holders.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

State Exclusions for Online Students

The School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

  • CAGS does not offer Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses (degree or emphases) to online students who reside in Delaware. In addition, CCU does not offer the Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to online students who reside in Mississippi.
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