Theoretical knowledge and practical counseling skills.

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. Learn more about our MA in Counseling or our MA in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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.

RANKING

All Counseling Division applicants must submit application materials to the program prior to the admission deadline to be considered for admission. In addition to submission of the online application, prospective master's degree students must also attend an admission interview with program faculty as part of the admission assessment process. During the half-day admission interview, prospective students participate in highly interactive group discussions and written reflective assignments designed to further assess each student's readiness for the program.

The faculty admits students who have demonstrated a readiness for the program both academically and psychologically. Admission is competitive and limited by the program's need to maintain appropriate clinical faculty/student ratios in the program.

A faculty admissions committee carefully assesses each applicant's appropriateness for the program through evaluation of application materials and assessments of the applicant during the admission process and admission interview. Applicants must complete the interview to be considered for admission and are required to attend an orientation upon acceptance. 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. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.

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

Admission Deadlines, Applicant Interview Dates and New Student Orientation Dates

Class Starts Application Deadline Required Interview Required Orientation
Summer 2015 - May 4, 2015 March 4, 2015 April 1, 2015 Northwest Denver Campus
April 3, 2015 Colorado Springs Campus
April 22, 2015 Northwest Denver Campus

You are encouraged to submit all required application materials at once, with the exception of official transcripts.

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited institution
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard
      Mail Code: P-28
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.75 or above on 4.0 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Required admission essays
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Faculty interview
  • During the second term of your first semester, a $90 Task Stream course fee will be applied toward your tuition. This fee is eligible for financial aid. Task Stream creates an online portfolio where all course work is tracked in once place, which students can take with them after they graduate.
  • 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.
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

All Counseling Division applicants must submit application materials to the program prior to the admission deadline to be considered for admission. In addition to submission of the online application, prospective master's degree students must also attend an admission interview with program faculty as part of the admission assessment process. During the half-day admission interview, prospective students participate in highly interactive group discussions and written reflective assignments designed to further assess each student's readiness for the program.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

Admission Deadlines, Applicant Interview Dates and New Student Orientation Dates

Class Starts Application Deadline Required Interview Required Orientation
Summer 2015 - May 4, 2015 March 4, 2015 April 1, 2015 Northwest Denver Campus
April 3, 2015 Colorado Springs Campus
April 22, 2015 Northwest Denver Campus

Master of Arts, Counseling FAQ's

Is MAC CACREP Accredited?
Yes. CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs). CACREP only accredits high quality programs which meet specific national standards. CACREP is the accrediting arm of the American Counseling Association. Admission to the program is therefore competitive. Graduating from a CACREP program will help you immensely in your job search, application to a Ph.D. program, and will ease your application for licensure in many states.

What is the course delivery method?
Courses are ground based only and offered in the following formats to meet the needs of both nontraditional and distance learning students: Eight (8) Week Format, once a week from 6-10 p.m. Full Semester Format, once a week for 16 weeks from 6-9 p.m. Weekend Intensive Format, meeting 4 specified weekends (Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Where are classes held?
Classes are held on the Interlocken-Broomfield and Colorado Springs campuses.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?
You have six years from the date you sign your degree plan to complete your degree. A 60 credit hour program generally takes students approximately three years to complete.

What kind of professional experience does the person completing the recommendation form need to possess?
The best letters of recommendations come from individuals who have seen you work in professional and academic settings that would have knowledge of your interpersonal and academic skills.

How will I be notified of acceptance or denial?
After the admission interview, the faculty Admissions Committee notifies applicants by letter of their admission status. Included in the letter is the date of the program orientation meeting which is required before registering for coursework. Your advisor’s name and contact information will be included in the letter. Admission will be conditional pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.

How many hours are required for the practicum and internship?
Practicum is completed in a minimum of one semester. Each practicum student must complete 100 hours of logged experience at an approved community counseling site. Forty of the 100 hours of experience must be in direct counseling of clients. Practicum also requires one hour of weekly individual supervision with a program faculty member, one hour of weekly supervision with an onsite supervisor, and 1.5 weekly hours of group supervision with program faculty. Practicum students average 8-10 hours on site each week plus the additional hours of faculty supervision.

Internship is completed in a minimum of 2 semesters of coursework, and totals 700 hours of logged experience at an approved community counseling site. Internship students must also have 1.5 hours of group supervision a week with a faculty supervisor and one hour of weekly onsite supervision. Weekly hours on an internship site vary, but generally fall between 15 and 20 hours per week usually during business hours. The internship is conducted at a not-for-profit site and is unpaid.

What are the requirements beyond completion of the degree for obtaining the license?
The State of Colorado Licensure Board for Professional Counselors requires an additional 2,000 hours (minimum of 2 yrs) of experience under the supervision of a board approved supervisor. To become an LPC in Colorado you must also pass the state licensure exam for professional counselors. The licensure board issues a counseling license to applicants upon completion of all requirements.

Does Regis issue the license?
No. The Regis MAC program meets only the academic requirements for licensure. Regis University will issue the student a master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Community Counseling upon completion of all degree requirements.

Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy FAQ's

What is the difference between the MAC and MAMFT degree?
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists believe that mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context. In Marriage and Family Therapy, the unit of intervention and treatment is not the individual person – even if only a single person is interviewed – it is systemic, focusing on the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital/couples problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.

Is the MAMFT COAMFTE Accredited?
Yes. COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) only accredits high quality programs which meet specific national standards. COAMFTE is the accrediting arm of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Admission to the program is therefore competitive. Graduating from a COAMFTE program will help you immensely in your job search, application to a Ph.D. program, and will ease your application for licensure in many states.

What is the course delivery method?
Courses are ground based only and offered in the following formats to meet the needs of both nontraditional and distance learning students: Eight (8) Week Format, once a week from 6-10 p.m. Full Semester Format, once a week for 16 weeks from 6-9 p.m. Weekend Intensive Format, meeting 4 specified weekends (Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Where are classes held?
Classes are held on the Interlocken-Broomfield and Colorado Springs campuses.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?
You have six years from the date you sign your degree plan to complete your degree. A 60 credit hour program generally takes students approximately three years to complete.

What kind of professional experience does the person completing the recommendation form need to possess?
The best letters of recommendations come from individuals who have seen you work in professional and academic settings that would have knowledge of your interpersonal and academic skills.

How will I be notified of acceptance or denial?
After the admission interview, the faculty Admissions Committee notifies applicants by letter of their admission status. Included in the letter is the date of the program orientation meeting which is required before registering for coursework. Your advisor’s name and contact information will be included in the letter. Admission will be conditional pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.

How many hours are required for the practicum and internship?
Practicum is completed in a minimum of one semester. Each practicum student must complete 40 direct hours of logged experience at an approved marriage and family site. Practicum also requires one hour of weekly individual supervision with a program faculty member, one hour of weekly individual supervision with an onsite supervisor, and 1.5 weekly hours of group supervision with program faculty.

Internship is completed in a minimum of 2 semesters of coursework, and totals 300 hours of logged experience at an approved marriage and family therapy site. Internship students must also have 1.5 hours of group supervision a week with a faculty supervisor and one hour of weekly onsite supervision.

What are the requirements beyond completion of the degree for obtaining the license?
The State of Colorado Licensure Board for Marriage and Family Therapists requires an additional 1,500 hours (minimum of 2 yrs) of experience under the supervision of a board approved supervisor. To become an LMFT in Colorado you must also pass the state licensure exam for marriage and family therapists. The licensure board issues a counseling license to applicants upon completion of all requirements.

Does Regis issue the license?
No. The Regis MAMFT program meets only the academic requirements for licensure. Regis University will issue the student a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy upon completion of all degree requirements.