Colorado Christian University
Master of Arts in Counseling Admission

Master of Arts in Counseling Admission

Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Counseling

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, ability to contribute to the program, and ability to contribute to the counseling profession. In the application review process, each applicant’s professional, intellectual, and personal experience is considered in relation to their potential for successful graduate study.

Admission to the M.A. Counseling program is not guaranteed. The Master of Arts in 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 Counseling Admission Committee.

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

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.
  • All official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • A 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.
  • If a graduate program was not completed, an official letter of good standing is required from the institution.
  • Two letters of recommendation on the official recommendation form. Recommendations must come from individuals who have known the applicant for more than one year and cannot be a family member. One must be from a current or former employer, supervisor, or professor. The other must be from a pastoral or spiritual mentor, or a professional colleague (not a relative) who has knowledge about the applicant’s character and maturity. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted from a mental health professional who has provided services to the applicant.
  • A criminal background check completed on-line through CastleBranch, using the following reporting student code: CG88.
  • Admission interview(s) and additional documentation and/or requests from the MAC Admissions Committee, and/or designated program personnel.

Submit application-related materials

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

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

Application deadlines

New students may enter the Master of Arts in Counseling program at multiple points in the academic year. Due to the nature of the residencies, the online Master's in Counseling cohort starts will occur during the fall semester.

The completed application deadline is four weeks prior to the next Block start date. All required admission documents and background check results must be received by CCU before an admission interview will be granted. Applicants will be extended an interview request and are required to respond within three days to schedule an admission interview. 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 qualify for financial aid. At the point of admission, students will be assigned a cohort.

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 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 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

Licensing

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 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 Catalog, CAGS Student Handbook, Master of Arts in 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 College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) 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 Educator Licensing or Education Theory courses (Undergraduate, Graduate or Post Baccalaureate) to online students who reside in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer RN-BSN Nursing courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Arts in Counseling courses to online students who reside in Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wisconsin or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.

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