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MA in Counseling

Colorado Christian University's Master of Arts in Counselling is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to prepare for professional counselling licensure and treat and advice clients. Take a look at the program details to find out more.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Counseling

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Those wishing to undertake the M.A. in Counseling at Colorado Christian University should be interested in developing skills which can lead to a career as a professional counselor. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are also important and candidates will be assessed on their ability to form relationships. All applicants to Colorado Christian University must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The program gives students a chance to learn counseling theories and methods which can be applied in a practical setting during the internship core. Key areas of study include family systems, developmental psychology and group therapy. Students will also have the opportunity to learn and practice basic counseling skills as well as study strategies for group counseling and intervention techniques for crisis situations. Development of the person as a whole is an important part of this master's program, with an emphasis on career development within the framework of spirituality and faith. The Master of Arts in Counseling program at CCU is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Learning Format

On campus

Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Colorado Christian University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Counselling:

The Master of Arts in Counseling at CCU requires 60 credit hours to be completed. This is split between elective, counseling, theology and practical studies. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Bible and Theology Core Courses (4 credits)

  • Theological Foundations for Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation for Counseling

Counseling Curriculum Core Courses (41 credits)

  • Counseling Skills I
  • Counseling Skills II
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Counseling Services and Methods
  • Theories of Personality and Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Appraisal
  • Crisis and Trauma
  • Marriage and Family
  • Theories of Groups and Group Counseling
  • Lifestyle and Career
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Professional Orientation
  • Integrative Seminar

Practicum/Internship Core Courses (9 credits)

  • Counseling Practicum
  • Students must complete 6 total internship credits in a minimum of two semesters:
    • Counseling Internship I
    • Counseling Internship II
    • Counseling Internship III (if required credits are still not met)

Elective Requirements (6 credits)

  • Students choose six credits from the following courses:
    • Empathy Training
    • Human Sexuality
    • Neuroscience and Clinical Counseling
    • Addictive Behaviors
    • Anxiety and Mood Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Child and Adolescent Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Teaching Assistant

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Education:

Graduates of the M.A. in Counseling may be interested in pursuing doctorate level study. This may be suitable for those who wish to lead in an area of counseling, such as clinical or research. PhDs and professional doctorates could give students the opportunity to boost their counseling knowledge or prepare for additional licensure.

Doctorate level options for graduates include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in Psychotherapy and Counseling
  • Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Counseling from the Colorado Christian University, graduates could be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to take the clinical mental health licensure exams applicable in Colorado (and many other states). Students could have the opportunity to pursue a career in counseling where they advise clients from a variety of cultures.

Options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Licensed professional counselor
  • Mental health professional
  • Marriage and family therapist

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