M.A. in School Counseling Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements for the M.A. in School Counseling

Admission to the M.A. in School Counseling program at Colorado Christian University is selective. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for an aptitude for graduate-level study, career goals, potential success in forming effective counseling relationships, and respect for cultural differences. Admission to the M.A. in School Counseling program is not guaranteed.

Applicants to the M.A. in School Counseling program will complete all admissions requirements before being considered by the Admission Committee. The M.A. in School Counseling Admission Committee determines whether an applicant is accepted or denied admission.

After the first semester in the Master of Arts in School Counseling program, students are formally assessed by the M.A. in School Counseling faculty and administrative team based on their academic work, basic counseling skills, and professional behavior. This evaluation process is performed to fulfill CACREP, ASCA, and professional gatekeeping responsibilities, and to ensure that each student has the capacity to develop the skills required for the field of counseling.

Application Deadlines

Online cohorts begin in July of each year. It is recommended that applications are completed at least four weeks prior to the applicant'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 the 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.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application for admission.
  • Valid state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card or valid passport.
  • Current 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 to continue in the program.
  • 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

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. The remaining hours must be completed at CCU.

The coursework must be equivalent to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCthe counseling program. CCU will not accept the following courses, or their equivalents, for transfer to the M.A. in School Counseling program:

  • CSL 514 Counseling Practicum
  • CSL 581 Counseling Residency I
  • CSL 582 Counseling Residency II
  • CSL 681 Counseling Residency III
  • LSC 630 School Counseling Internship I
  • LSC 631 School Counseling Internship II


Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

Time Limitation

All work applied toward the Master of Arts in School 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, and desires to complete the program, must complete a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Continuing study is not guaranteed, and must be approved by the Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Students are required to adhere to the most current Academic Catalog, CAGS Student Handbook, Master of Arts in School Counseling Program Handbook, and Manuals, fees, and tuition rates.

Students who have not attended a class for a period of 365 days, and desire to reenter the program, are required to reapply and meet all standard application procedures. If accepted, the student will be admitted under the current catalog standards. Stepping out of the cohort may result in a delayed completion of the student's program.

State Exclusions for Online Students

Colorado Christian University is required by the U.S. Department of Education to be in compliance with state laws regarding where we can offer distance and/or online education. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with some exceptions for specific academic programs.

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