• Master of Arts in Counseling Admission Requirements

    Admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) 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 MAC Admission Committee determines whether an applicant is admitted or declined admission. Applicants will complete all admission requirements before being considered by the MAC Admission Committee.

    After the first semester in the Master of Arts in Counseling Program, each student is again formally assessed 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 graduate 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.
    • Complete program specific essay.
    • 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.
    • 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. A completed graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher is also acceptable to fulfill the GPA requirement. Some students who qualify for admission may be admitted conditionally. At the end of the student’s first semester, the student's academic progress will be reevaluated to determine their academic standing.
    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. A psychology undergraduate major is preferred but not required.
    • If you have attended another graduate program, but not completed it, you will need to provide proof of good standing from the institution.
    • 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. The professional reference should be from a current or former employer, supervisor or professor. The personal reference should be from a pastoral or spiritual mentor, or individual in a position of authority who has knowledge of candidate’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.
    • Complete a criminal background check online through Castle Branch. 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 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.

    Transfer of 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


    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, 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) at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

    Program-Specific State Exclusions
    • CAGS does not offer B.A. with Licensure Education and Master of Education (M.Ed.) courses 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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    Jane McGill

    Master of Arts in Counseling
    Class of 2014

    CCU's MAC program gave me the theoretical foundation I needed to be a counselor. However, the faculty and staff in the MAC department gave me even more, as they supported me through some difficult periods while I was a student, and encouraged me to achieve my goal to be a counselor.
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