Preparing for a Graduate Degree in Counseling

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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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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 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 Two course from post-graduate counseling certificate courses (6 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 303.458.4300.


Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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).


Is MAC CACREP Accredited? 
Yes. CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs). CACREP only accredits high quality programs that 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 non-traditional and distance learning students:

  • Term courses: These are seven weeks long and you come to class once a week from 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Semester courses: These are 14 weeks long and you come to class once a week from 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Intensive format: These are four days per month and you come to class Friday and/or Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm

Where are classes held?
Classes are held on the Thornton campus.

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 process?
The best recommendation forms come from individuals who have seen you work in professional and academic settings who would have knowledge of your interpersonal and academic skills.

How will I be notified of my admissions decision?
After the admission interview, candidates are notified by email and mail of their admission decision. Admission will be conditional pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.

When is orientation? Is is mandatory?
Orientation for all new students will always be the first day of class for the semester. Orientation is mandatory. Failure to attend orientation will jeopardize your ability to start the program.

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 years) 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.


Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the MA Counseling program.

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today.

  • Select 'Graduate Admission'
  • Select 'Graduate Application'

You can email your admission counselor with questions at

Application Process

  • Application: Completed the Graduated Application
  • Application Fee: $50.00 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: A-12
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
    • Submit electronic transcripts to
    • Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Review the essay prompts. Two essays are required (instructions to upload the documents are included within the online application).
  • Submit two recommendation forms. Select professional and/or academic references who can address your professional and academic potential.
  • Submit a current resume including all professional and volunteer experience
  • Faculty interview
  • 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.

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 Interview Process

Class Starts Early App Deadline/Interview Date Final App Deadline/Interview Date
Summer 2019
February 4, 2019/March 4, 2019
Fall 2019 February 4, 2019/March 4, 2019 June 3, 2019/June 24, 2019
Spring 2020 June 3, 2019/June 24, 2019 September 2, 2019/October 21, 2019

  • All Counseling and Family Therapy Division applicants must submit all application requirements prior to the application deadline to be considered for admission.
  • Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview with program faculty two weeks after the application deadline.
    • 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.
  • Applicants who are offered admission to the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy must submit his or her 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.


Applicants seeking a Master of Arts in Counseling degree must possess a bachelor's 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.

Eligibility for the Masters in Counseling programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check. Admission to Regis University does not guarantee professional licensure. To learn more, visit Disqualifying Offenses and Eligibility of Licensure Notification.


The faculty admits students who demonstrate academic and psychological readiness. Admission is competitive and limited by the programs' need to maintain appropriate clinical faculty/student ratios in the respective programs.

An admissions committee made up of faculty representing the program the student is applying for (MFT or Counseling) carefully assesses each applicant's appropriateness for their respective programs 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 Master's in Counseling or Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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