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Counseling

Master of Arts

Effecting personal and cultural transformation.  

Engage in personal reflection and critical thinking while developing a discerning mind and heart in order to serve those in need. With an M.A. in Counseling from Regis, you’ll develop a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical counseling skills that prepare you to work with diverse populations in mental health counseling settings.

Through hands-on counseling experiences at interactive learning centers, you’ll graduate ready to make a positive impact with an emphasis on social justice and advocacy in a changing society. Specialized certifications are offered in areas such as Counseling Children and Adolescents and Depth Psychotherapy.

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.

Program Snapshot

Program Format
Evening courses on our Thornton campus, with 4-5 weekend intensives per semester

Credits for Completion
60 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$695 per credit hour

Sample Counseling Classes

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MCPY 615: Cultural Issues and Social Justice

Examine the multicultural and socioeconomic influences of psychology, personality development and perceptions of abnormal behavior and counselor attitudes. 

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MCPY 660: Substance Abuse Counseling

Explore the psychological and behavioral effects of substance abuse in individuals and families and assess techniques and approaches to treatment of these populations.

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MCPY 672: Crisis, Trauma and Loss

Learn protocols and treatment methods while studying the impact of trauma and loss on military personnel and families and survivors of natural disasters, violence and terrorism.

Program Details

Get all the details on our M.A. Counseling program, including course requirements and application materials. 

Counseling Career Paths

Marriage and Family Therapist

Provide support and advice for families, couples or groups who are coping with issues of mental health and wellbeing. 


Mental Health Counselor

Guidance and support those struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction or post tramautic stress disorder. 


Military Family Counselor

Help families before, during and after a military deployment and support veterans as they transition out of active service. 


Substance Abuse Counselor

Identifying what causes clients to engage in addictive behavior and formulate an action plan to cope and move towards recovery. 


Child Psychologist

Choose to specialize in counseling children and adolescents with mental health, behavhior and wellbeing concerns.


Clinical Psychologist

Meet with clients to diagnose any mental, emotional or behavorial issues and formulate a treatment plan for clients to progress on their mental health journey.


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Post-Graduate Certificates

Whether you are a new graduate of a counseling program, still completing your master’s degree in a counseling program, or an experienced counselor, our 18-credit-hour post-graduate certificates will help you become a more skilled counseling professional.

| Counseling Children and Adolescents
| Depth Psychotherapy

Accreditation

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.

Outcomes
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How to Apply

To apply to the M.A. Counseling program, you will need: 

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcripts
  • Two admissions essays
  • Two professional and/or academic recommendation forms
  • Current resume including all professional and volunteer experience
  • On-campus interview

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $695 per credit hour
Total program credits: 60

Additional fees may include background check and drug screen, practicum fee, books and materials, among others.

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.

Curious about financial aid options? Regis offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid to learn more. 

Important Dates

Fall 2020 Term
Priority deadline: February 3
Priority interview day: March 2

Final deadline: June 1
Final interview day: June 22

Spring 2021 Term
Priority deadline: June 1
Priority interview day: June 22

Final deadline: September 21
Final interview day: October 19

Summer 2021 Term
Priority deadline: September 21
Priority interview day: October 19

Final deadline: February 1
Final interview day: March 1

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Courses are 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

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.

You will be registered for an internship 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.

Students must accrue a minimum of 800 clinical hours in order to complete the clinical component of the MAC program. 

Yes, many students do work while taking classes. Outside of the clinical component of the program, courses are taught in the evening or weekend format allowing for flexibility depending on a your lifestyle and commitments.  Once you enter practicum and internships, flexibility in employment is very important as you will likely see clients during the day/working hours.

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.

Regis University does not issue licenses, rather the Regis MAC program meets 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.

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) outlines in great detail the requirements for licensure in Colorado. Students interested in being licensed in states other than Colorado are responsible for looking at the academic requirements for licensure in those states.