Preparing for a Graduate Degree in Counseling

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.

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 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: Clinical Mental Health 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-the-art Centers for Counseling and Family Therapy, 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 Thornton campus. Most students complete the program in three years, taking an average of two to three courses a semester.

Master of Arts in Counseling Program Mission Statement

Through the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit, Master of Arts in Counseling students gain an understanding of their values and an ethical willingness to effect personal and cultural transformation. The Program provides clinical mental health training and supervision to future Professional Counselors. Learning experiences are informed by Jesuit educational values and traditions. Students engage in personal reflection and critical thinking while developing a discerning mind and heart in order to serve those in need. Graduates are prepared to live as reflective, inquisitive, creative, and service oriented leaders. They are ready to make a positive impact with an emphasis on social justice and advocacy in a changing society.

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 Clinical 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 622 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (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.

The MAC Student Handbook can be accessed 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 & Standards

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

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Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

Regis University’s Master of Arts in Counseling degree (Specialty: Clinical Mental Health 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).

Tuition Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Tuition (per semester hour) $625
University Fees
Application Fee $50
Practicum Fee (one time) $500
Graduation Application Fee $50
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Additional costs may be incurred based on individual and program specific needs. Some costs are controlled by external vendors and are subject to change without notice. A complete list of all program specific requirements is provided to admitted students prior to the start date. The following list gives you an estimate of additional expenses but may not be inclusive of all needs. Expenses for books will be incurred, as well as potential costs for required technology not already owned. 

Other anticipated costs  Estimated Cost
Task Stream  $109.99 (4 yr. subscription)
Background Check  $30

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

How to Apply

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

Or get started on your application by completing this simple and quick form.

You can email your admission counselor with questions at


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.

Applicants who are offered admission to the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy must submit their response to the Office of Admissions no later than 10 business days after notification. A non-refundable deposit of $350.00 is required at the time of acceptance to guarantee a position in the program. The deposit will be applied directly to tuition.

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 and Applicant Interview Dates

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 an informative session which includes a faculty guided tour of our Center for Counseling and Family Therapy. Please RSVP to Kendra Docker, LPC, at

All sessions will be held at:

Thornton Campus
450 E 84th Ave
Thornton, CO 80229

Upcoming Info Sessions
  • Monday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. 
  • Monday, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, Mar. 27, 10 a.m. 
  • Monday, Mar. 27, 5:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, Apr. 17, 5:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Apr. 18, 10 a.m. 

Please RSVP to Kendra Docker, LPC, at, with your name and which info session you'd like to attend.