• Master of Arts in Counseling Admission Requirements

    Admission into the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Colorado Christian University is selective and not guaranteed. The Master of Arts in Counseling Admission Committee will review each applicant and determine whether or not admission is granted. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her potential as a counselor and ability to contribute to the program. In the application review process, each candidate's professional, intellectual, and personal experiences are considered in relation to potential for successful graduate study.

    After the first semester in the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Program, each student is again carefully reviewed by the MAC 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.

    Admission Application

    The application for admission to CCU's Master of Arts in Counseling program is available online, giving you the flexibility to complete your application and access required documents in multiple stages.

    Your first step in applying to CCU is to Create an Account. The information from this secure account will automatically be entered on your online application, simplifying the process to complete the application.

    The graduate program application and fee should be submitted electronically. Please print copies of required documents as necessary and submit them to Colorado Christian University, College of Adult and Graduate Studies Admission.

    If you have any questions, please contact your CCU Enrollment Counselor to assist you with the application process.

    Admission Requirements

    • Complete the graduate admission application online.
    • Submit your resume or Curriculum Vitae through the online application process.
    • Provide your enrollment counselor with a copy of your state-issued driver's license or a state-issued identification card. This ID must include your photo and be within the expiration date. If you are an international student, contact your enrollment counselor.
    • You must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. A psychology undergraduate major is preferred but not required.
    • Obtain two letters of recommendation, one professional and one personal (character/spiritual reference). Each reference must be from an individual who has known you more than one year and is not a family member. Your professional reference must be from a current or former employer, supervisor or professor. Your personal reference must be from a pastoral or spiritual mentor, or individual in a position of authority who has knowledge of applicant's character and maturity. Download CCU's M.A. Counseling Letter of Recommendation form (PDF) and mail it as soon as possible to the person(s) you would like to complete it on your behalf.
    • If you have attended another graduate program, but not completed it, you will need to obtain a letter from that school or from a faculty member in that program indicating whether you left the program in good standing, and you will need to obtain a transcript from that experience. If you are unable to provide a letter of good standing from the prior institution or program, please submit a letter indicating the reasons you cannot provide the letter of good standing.
    • Complete a criminal background check online through Certified Background. Enter the student code CG88.
    • Participate in an admission interview(s), submit a signed disclosure statement, and respond to any additional requests by designated M.A. Counseling program personnel.
    Mail all application-related materials to:

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

    Or, email AdmissionsSupport@ccu.edu.

    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 intensive 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 admissions 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.

    Transfer of Courses

    In accordance with CCU’s Graduate Residency Policy, students transferring from a regionally accredited institution may transfer up to 12 approved semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited master’s program toward the Master’s in Counseling degree, with a letter of recommendation from that program.

    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 500 Counseling Skills
    • CSL 510 Group Processing
    • CSL 581 Integrative Intensive Seminar I
    • CSL 582 Integrative Intensive Seminar II
    • CSL 620 Counseling Services and Methods
    • CSL 653 Internship
    • CSL 674 Professional Orientation
    • CSL 680 Integrative Seminar
    • CSL 681 Integrative Intensive Seminar III


    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, MAC 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) does not accept online students who reside in Wisconsin, Alabama, and Washington D.C. In addition, CAGS does not accept online nursing students who reside in the state of Minnesota.

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