Colorado Springs-Area Schools for Human Services Management Programs
The city of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has just a few options for students interested in pursuing careers within the human services management field. This article looks at two schools and the programs they offer. One school is about 45 minutes from downtown, and the other is just 13 minutes. Also found in the article is a table of facts about the schools, such as enrollment, tuition, acceptance rates and graduation rates. This table offers an easy way for prospective students to compare the two schools.
- The University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS), is about seven miles from the city center. It offers several master's degree programs in counseling and human services, as well as a minor. UCCS is ranked 48th among western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.
- Approximately 44 miles from Colorado Springs, the Colorado State University - Pueblo (CSU - Pueblo) is a comprehensive university with average class sizes of 21 and a small professor-to-faculty ratio. While it does not have a human services degree, CSU - Pueblo does offer a Bachelor of Social Work program, which can lead to the same career choices.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are deciding on a school can utilize the following table to learn more about these institutions and get information that can help them find their best fit.
|University of Colorado - Colorado Springs||Colorado State University - Pueblo|
|School Type||Public, four-year*||Public, four-year*|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||12,932 *||6,639 *|
|Campus Setting||Large city*||Mid-sized city*|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$8,314 in-state, $19,498 out-of-state*||$10,090 in-state, $25,547 out-of-state *|
|% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||80%*||94%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||93%*||95%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||66% for full-time students; 42% for part-time students*||63% for full-time students; 20% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (students who began in 2011)||43%*||35%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
The master's degrees offered by UCCS are offered through the College of Education's Department of Counseling and Human Services. The human services program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education, and nine faculty members guide students through curriculum requirements. Undergraduate degrees do not need to relate to human services for students to be accepted to the graduate program.
Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services: Counseling and Leadership, Air Officer Commanding (AOC)
The MA in CHS with an emphasis on Counseling and Leadership (AOC) program takes one year to complete the 45-credit curriculum. The program is exclusively available to developing Majors at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Students entering the AOC cohort program are selected by the U.S. Air Force. Studies focus on the characteristics of an effective leader, crisis counseling, leadership development and research.
Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services: Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling
The clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) and school counseling tracks of the MA in CHS degree require 63 credit hours of classes. Both CMHC and school counselor students are eligible to apply for recognition as a National Certified Counselor upon program completion. The programs include coursework in group counseling, human growth and development, measurement and appraisal, addiction treatment and crisis counseling. In addition to coursework, prospective school counselors will complete an internship in either a mental health or school setting. Students are eligible to take the National Counselor Exam during their last semester.
Colorado State University - Pueblo
The social work program at CSU - Pueblo is a four-year degree that will prepare students to work in a variety of social work and human services fields. The Department of Social Work has six faculty members and requires students to apply to the program itself.
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
The primary goals of the social work program include preparing students for a wide range of career opportunities by providing them the skills necessary to successfully practice in diverse systems, serve all members of communities and advocate social economic justice systems. Students must meet specific requirements in order to gain admission into the social work program, such as two letters of reference and GPA requirements. Following the completion of all BSW curriculum requirements, students must apply for a field practicum in order to finish their degree.