Preparing for a Graduate Degree in Counseling

Regis University’s Master of Arts in Counseling degree prepares students for careers as counselors who treat mental and emotional disorders at community agencies, nonprofit mental health agencies, child and family counseling centers, substance abuse centers and employee assistance organizations.
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M.A. in Counseling

Degree Overview

Our highly interactive, on-campus Masters in Counseling degree is designed to help you develop a strong foundation of current theoretical knowledge and practical counseling psychology skills that prepare you to work with diverse populations in mental health counseling settings. The Regis Counseling faculty is committed to creating open and supportive education environments that reflect the social, relational and cross-cultural contexts of learning that are essential for effective counselor training.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program is a 60-credit-hour degree that meets the academic requirements for Colorado Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) set forth by the Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners Board. Regis University's Master of Arts in Counseling degree (Specialty: Community Counseling) is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Also approved by the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP), CACREP’s international affiliate, the degree curriculum provides hands-on training through one semester (6-credit hours) of Practicum in the department’s state-of-art counseling laboratory, followed by two semesters of supervised counseling internship in an approved community agency setting.

The Masters in Counseling program (MAC) is offered at Regis University's North Denver (Lowell), Broomfield and Colorado Springs campuses. Most students complete the program in three years, taking an average of two to three courses a semester.

As a graduate counseling student at Regis, you will be a part of a challenging, supportive, learning community that promotes a sense of responsibility and willingness to advocate for human justice and social change in the world. You will become skilled at creating therapeutic relationships that foster hope and courage for clients who are striving to live more productive and just lives.

Total Master’s Degree in Counseling Requirements: 60 credit hours
Core course requirements: 57 credit hours
Elective course requirements: 3 credit hours selected from any of the Post-Graduate Counseling Certificate course offerings.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Regis University. The total degree requires 60 semester hours.

Once admitted, students have up to six years to complete all degree requirements. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the duration of their program and receive grades of B- or better in every course taken that applies to their degree program. Students are also required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and pass a Clincial Capstone Paper to meet degree requirements.

Master of Arts in Counseling Core Requirements
MCPY 602 Spirituality and Counseling (3 semester hours)
MCPY 605 Human Growth and Development (3 semester hours)
MCPY 610 Theories of Counseling (3 semester hours)
MCPY 615 Cultural Issues and Social Justice (3 semester hours)
MCPY 620 Abnormal Psychology (3 semester hours)
MCPY 625 Professional Orientation and Ethical Issues (3 semester hours)
MCPY 630 Groups: Process and Counseling (3 semester hours)
MCPY 635 Counseling Techniques I (3 semester hours)
MCPY 636 Counseling Techniques II (3 semester hours)
MCPY 640 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (3 semester hours)
MCPY 645 Clinical Assessment (3 semester hours)
MCPY 650 Career Counseling and Development (3 semester hours)
MCPY 660 Substance Abuse Counseling (3 semester hours)
MCPY 672 Crisis, Trauma and Loss (3 semester hours)
MCPY 685 Qualitative Research Methods (3 semester hours)
MCPY 692 Practicum: Clinical Supervision (3 semester hours)
MCPY 693 Counseling Practicum (3 semester hours)
MCPY 698A Supervised Counseling Internship A (3 semester hours)
MCPY 698B Supervised Counseling Internship B (3 semester hours)
Graduate Elective One course from post-graduate counseling certificate courses (3 semester hours)

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

Regis University’s Master of Arts in Counseling degree (Specialty: Community Counseling) is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is approved by the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP).

 

MA COMMUNITY COUNSELING - PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Year Number of Graduates Completion Rate LPC Exam Pass Rate Placement Rate
2013 60b 88%c 93%d 99%e

Notes.a Program is currently accredited under 2001 CACREP standards for Community Counseling Programs. Program will seek reaccreditation as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in 2015. bBased on 2013 calendar year; includes projected graduates for Fall term. cRate based on number of graduates in 2013 who completed the program within the expected time frame (3 years or less). dData are from April 2013 administration of the NPCE, required by the State of Colorado for licensure. eBased on most recent survey data from alumni (2012) who stated they “found a counseling position soon after they graduated.”

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $600
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Background Check (external agency fee) $60
Task Stream (external agency fee) $90
Graduation Application Fee $50

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and connect with a Regis enrollment counselor for information and assistance.

Application Details

Eligibility

Applicants seeking a Master of Arts in Counseling degree must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

An academic background in psychology or family studies is preferred but not required for applicants seeking program admission. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing and skills in critical analysis before admission to the program.

Viable candidates for admission often have a background in psychology or family studies demonstrated by several or all of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology or family studies
  • Work experience related to psychology or helping relationships
  • Participation in personal psychotherapy
  • Personal life experiences that would indicate an ability for introspection, empathy for others and psychological maturity

Eligibility for the Masters in Counseling or Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check to be submitted immediately after being offered admission.

Admission Deadlines, Applicant Interview Dates and New Student Orientation Dates

Class Starts Application Deadline Required Interview Required Orientation
Summer 2014 - May 5, 2014 Mar. 28, 2014 April 3, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus April 10, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus
Fall 2014 - August 25, 2014 June 25, 2014 July 23, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus August 13, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus
Spring 2015 - January 5, 2015 November 5, 2014 November, 19 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus December 10, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus
Summer 2015 - May 4, 2015 March 4, 2015 April 1, 2015 North Denver (Lowell) Campus April 22, 2015 North Denver (Lowell) Campus

Info Sessions

Considering our Master of Arts in Counseling or Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, or one of our graduate certificates? Plan to attend this informative session which includes a faculty guided tour of our Center for Counseling and Family Therapy. RSVP by calling 303.964.5521 or email healthcare@regis.edu.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
Directions
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
Directions
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
Directions