Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling FAQs

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Questions About CCU's M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Program

Do you feel called to be a licensed counselor? Whether you have questions about financing a master's degree, CCU's accreditation, or what kind of jobs you can get with a counseling degree, we're here to help. For additional questions, please contact an enrollment counselor.

How many credit hours is the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and how long does it take to complete?

The program is 60 credit hours and is designed to be completed in two and a half years.

Is the program accredited?

All of Colorado Christian University's academic programs are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Visit our Accreditations page for details.

How many hours are required for the practicum and internship experience?

Students must complete 100 hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship at a site established by the student, for a total of 700 hours.

I have been out of school for years and wish to make a mid-life career change. Will I be out of place in this student population?

Our student population in the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program varies in age and background. Students range from those who just completed their undergraduate program to those wishing to make complete career changes later in life.

Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

There is no GRE requirement for the M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. See the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling admission requirements for specific admission requirements.

Are there any undergraduate prerequisites?

CCU does not require undergraduate prerequisites for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Will CCU accept transfer credits?

Students may transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate work from a regionally accredited college or university. See our admission requirements for additional information about transfer of courses.

How much does the program cost?

View current tuition and fees for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Is financial aid available?

See our Financial Aid website for detailed information about financial aid and payment options for graduate students. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You are also encouraged to check with your employer about additional tuition benefits that may be available through your company.

Where is the program offered?

Visit CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies programs page to see where the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is offered.

Can I take classes online?

The Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is offered both in-seat, with the ability to take some online course components within the in-seat program, and also as a full online cohort program, with three residential intensives. Due to the nature of the lock-step cohort format, students desiring to move from an in-seat cohort to an online cohort must petition for an exception to academic policy and secure the permission of the Program Director and Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Is the program on semesters or quarters?

The Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program operates on the semester system. The program is offered over three 15-week semesters per academic year including fall, spring, and summer. The semesters are divided into two 7-week blocks (A & B).

When are classes offered?

In order to meet the needs of working adults and those with families, classes meet in the evenings and on weekends.

After completing the program, what must I do to become a licensed professional counselor?

This program is geared towards professional licensure with a biblical foundation. Once the program is completed, those wishing to become licensed in Colorado must pass the National Counselor Examination and must complete 2,000 hours of post-graduate supervised counseling. If you are participating in the Online Program, please be aware that licensure requirements vary from state to state. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements of the state in which they seek licensure, and must review the state requirements above and beyond academic achievement and testing. Licensed and unlicensed counselors must be registered with the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

What types of jobs will I be qualified for once I complete the program?

This program equips students to work in a variety of settings including church ministries, mental health facilities, research fields, and even private practice.

Can I be a marriage and family therapist or a school guidance counselor with this degree?

This program is intended to equip students to become licensed professional counselors. The coursework required to obtain licensure as a marriage and family therapist is specific to working with families, couples, etc. Check with your state for specific requirements if you wish to pursue a license specific to clinical work with marriage and family. School districts also have specific requirements for the coursework required to be a school counselor. Check with the district you intend to work in for its specific requirements.

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