Preparing for a Graduate Degree in Counseling

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.

Start Term Priority App Deadline/Interview Date Final App Deadline/Interview Date
Spring 2020 October 1, 2019/October 21, 2019
Summer 2020 October 1, 2019/October 21, 2019 February 3, 2020/March 2, 2020
Fall 2020 February 3, 2020/March 2, 2020 June 1, 2020/June 22, 2020
Spring 2021 June 1, 2020/June 22, 2020 September 21, 2020/October 19, 2020
Summer 2021 September 21, 2020/October 19, 2020

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.

Core Courses (60 Credit Hours)
MCPY 602 Spirituality and Counseling
MCPY 605 Human Growth and Development
MCPY 610 Theories of Counseling
MCPY 615 Cultural Issues and Social Justice
MCPY 622 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
MCPY 625 Professional Orientation and Ethical Issues
MCPY 630 Groups: Process and Counseling
MCPY 635 Counseling Techniques I
MCPY 636 Counseling Techniques II
MCPY 640 Research Methods and Program Evaluation
MCPY 645 Clinical Assessment
MCPY 650 Career Counseling and Development
MCPY 660 Substance Abuse Counseling 
MCPY 672 Crisis, Trauma and Loss
MCPY 692 Practicum: Clinical Supervision
MCPY 693 Counseling Practicum
MCPY 698A Supervised Counseling Internship A
MCPY 698B Supervised Counseling Internship B
Select one course MCPY or MFT
Select one course  Choose from any post-graduate counseling certificate program

Download a printable fact sheet with program details.

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.

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

  • Select 'Graduate Admission'
  • Next, select 'Graduate Application'

You can email your admission counselor with questions at ruadmissions@regis.edu.

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. 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.

Application Process

  • Application: Completed the Graduate Application
  • 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 sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu
    • Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale to apply. (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. The online application will ask you to include the contact information for your references. Once you submit your application, your references will be emailed the recommendation form with steps to complete it.
  • 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

Start Term Priority App Deadline/Interview Date Final App Deadline/Interview Date
Spring 2020 October 1, 2019/October 21, 2019
Summer 2020 October 1, 2019/October 21, 2019 February 3, 2020/March 2, 2020
Fall 2020 February 3, 2020/March 2, 2020 June 1, 2020/June 22, 2020
Spring 2021 June 1, 2020/June 22, 2020 September 21, 2020/October 19, 2020
Summer 2021 September 21, 2020/October 19, 2020

  • 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.

Ranking

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


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

Accreditation

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).

General Questions

What is the focus of the MAC degree?
The MAC program 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.  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.

Is the MAC Program 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.

Can I transfer courses into Regis’ MAC program?

Coursework completed within a regionally accredited institution of higher education, of up to 12 credits (4 courses) completed toward a professional counseling or equivalent degree may be considered for transfer toward the MAC degree.  Each course transferred, reviewed through the course syllabus, must show direct equivalency to the CACREP standards, course goals and objectives, and student learning outcomes. Coursework must also be at the equivalent MA graduate level with a passing grade (B- or better) and completed within 6 years of the transfer request. Courses that were previously a requirement of either a Masters or Doctoral degree from which the student has graduated are not eligible for transfer.  See page 19 of the Student Handbook for more information.

Where can I find the Student Handbook and Clinical Manual?

Visit the Division of Counseling & Family Therapy Current Student Resources page.

What is the course delivery method? 
Courses are ground based only and offered in the following formats:

  • 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 primarily held on the Thornton Campus.  Some coursework is periodically offered at the Northwest Denver campus or Denver Tech Center Campus based upon student and faculty needs.

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 is the structure of practicum?

Practicum consists of two concurrent courses for a total of 6 credits, MCPY 692 combined with MCPY 693. Students are involved in three components of practicum:

  1. Clinical lab work & group supervision at the Thornton Center for Counseling and Family Therapy.  This class meets 6 hours each week to include both the clinical lab work AND supervision.
  2. Participating in individual, triadic, and group supervision with a MAC Faculty Supervisor.
  3. Facilitating or co-facilitating group(s) counseling at an approved community counseling agency. The group practicum experience also includes attending supervision and training at the off-campus site.

For more information, see page 12 of the Clinical Manual.

What is the structure of internship?

You will be registered at the request of the Clinical Administrative Coordinator by the Registrar’s office for one class (MCPY 698 A, B, or C) which includes:

  • Approximately 15-20 hours per week at an approved clinical Internship site
  • Regis Group Supervision - This class meets for 3 hours every other week during clinic hours with a Regis faculty and 6-10 Regis student interns.

For more information, see page 12 of the Clinical Manual.

How many hours are required for the practicum and internship?
Students must accrue a minimum of 800 clinical hours in order to complete the clinical component of the MAC program. See pages 12-13 of the Clinical Manual for more details.

How do students pay for the program? 
The majority of student in the program are paying for tuition through student loans. Once admitted to the program, you will have a financial aid counselor available to work with you on securing loans.  Regis has two graduate scholarships and an external scholarship database that students can use to seek additional scholarship opportunities.  Find more information at our Financial Aid website.

Can I work while in the program?

Students can work while they are completing the program.  Outside of the clinical component of the program, courses are taught in the evening or weekend format allowing for flexibility depending on a student’s lifestyle and commitments.  Once students enter practicum and internships, flexibility in employment is very important as students will likely see clients during the day/working hours.

Is there housing available for graduate students on campus? 

Housing on-campus is not available to graduate students in the MAC program.


Application Questions

What are the prerequisites for the program?

There are no prerequisites for applying to the MAC program.

Does Regis require the GRE?

No, GRE scores are not required to apply.

As a Jesuit institution, do you use “religion” as a criterion for acceptance?
No. Regis University does not use religion as a criterion for admission.

What are you looking for in applicants?

  • Graduate level writing and critical analysis skills
  • Academic background in psychology, family studies or related area is preferred
  • Experience (professional, academic, and/or volunteer), preferably related to the mental health and psychology field, that has exposed the applicant to the clinical space, given them the chance to determine why this field will be a good career fit for them and provided opportunities to develop introspective, self-awareness and relationship-building skills.

Are there any requirements as to who should complete the letters of recommendation and how many are needed?

Two recommendation forms are required as part of the application process.  Select professional and/or academic references who can address your professional and academic potential.  Professional references should come from a supervisor.  Do not submit references from:

  • Peers or friends
  • Personal counselor or therapist
  • Family members

What happens after I submit my application?

Barring any issues with their fully completed applications, applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview with program faculty one to two weeks after the application deadline.

What can I expect from the interview process?

During the half-day admission interview at Regis’ Northwest Denver Campus, prospective students participate in highly interactive group discussions and written reflective assignments designed to further assess each student's readiness for the program.

Are your interview dates flexible?
No. No exceptions are made to assigned interview dates.

Do you offer phone or Skype interviews? 
Rarely. In general, all candidates are required to interview in person on campus. The only exception to this rule is if an applicant lives outside of the US and is unable to travel due to visa regulations.

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.

Licensure Questions

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 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.  Students interested in being licensed in states other than Colorado are responsible for looking at the academic requirements for licensure in those states.

Where can I find more information on LPC licensure in Colorado?

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) website outlines in great details the requirements for licensure in Colorado.