M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Requirements

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Admission to the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Colorado Christian University is selective. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her potential as a counselor, ability to contribute to the program, and ability to contribute to the counseling profession. The application review process will assess the relevance of career goals, aptitude for graduate-level study, potential success in forming effective counseling relationships and respect for cultural differences.

Admission to the M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is not guaranteed. The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Committee determines whether an applicant is admitted or declined admission. Applicants will complete all admission requirements before being considered by the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Committee.

After the first semester in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, each student is again formally assessed by the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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.

Application Deadlines

In-seat cohorts begin in August of each year while online cohorts begin in July of each year. Students who wish to begin classes before their cohort begins may take electives and/or CSL-512 and CSL-515.

It is recommended that applications are completed at least four weeks prior to the student’s anticipated start date. All required admission documents and background check results must be received by CCU before an admission interview will be scheduled. Applicants will be extended an interview invitation and are required to respond within three days to schedule the admission interview. A delayed response may result in a delayed start date if applicant is accepted.

Application files will be evaluated in the order received. Applicants should complete the admission process as early as possible to allow adequate time to work with an advisor and finalize financial aid.

Counseling Admission Requirements

  • A completed application for admission.
  • Program-specific essays.
  • Valid state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card or valid passport.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • An official transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester. CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first semester.
  • Official transcript(s) of completed graduate level counseling credits completed at another institution.
  • A criminal background check through CastleBranch from every country the student lived in the past 7 years. Applicants should consult with their enrollment counselor before placing their Castlebranch order.
  • A completed Candidacy Writing Sample per essay prompts.
  • Admission interview(s) and additional documentation and/or requests from the MAC Admissions Committee, and/or designated program personnel.

To submit application-related materials that were not already submitted through the online application, email them to AdmissionsSupport@ccu.edu or mail to:

Colorado Christian University
Attn: Service Central – CAGS Transcripts
215 Union Blvd, Suite 600
Lakewood, CO 80228

Counseling Transfer Courses

In accordance with CCU’s Graduate Residency Policy, students transferring from a regionally accredited institution may transfer up to twelve (12) approved semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited master’s program toward the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. The remaining hours must be completed at CCU.

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

  • CSL 514 Counseling Practicum
  • CSL 581 Counseling Residency I
  • CSL 582 Counseling Residency II
  • CSL 653 Counseling Internship
  • CSL 674 Professional Orientation
  • CSL 680 Integrative Seminar
  • CSL 681 Counseling Residency III
  • CSL 504 Counseling Skills II
  • CSL 654 Counseling Internship II
  • CSL 655 Counseling Internship III


Admission to a licensure program in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies does not guarantee licensure at the completion of the program. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they meet all licensure requirements which often includes a background check.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health 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 Clinical Mental Health 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 the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Students are required to adhere to the most current Academic Catalog, CAGS Student Handbook, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Handbook/ Manuals, 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.

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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