A Clinical Counseling Master's Degree Designed for Working Professionals
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts program is designed for individuals who are looking to enhance current employment or to change their career through an intensive graduate school experience.
This program is delivered at both our Denver and our Loveland centers, with class sessions concentrated on weekends so that you can fit this program around a traditional work schedule. More details are available in the Course of Study tab below.
Career Options for Graduates
If your career goal is to work with individuals, couples and families, our counseling programs will prepare you to make a difference in people’s lives. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's degree prepares students to become professional counselors working in private practice or various community settings such as mental health care centers and residential treatment centers.
Graduates of the program typically achieve the credential of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in Colorado, or the licensing agency in the states in which they reside.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling students have the opportunity to take additional coursework toward becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). See the end of the Course of Study section below for details.
CACREP Accreditation and National Certification
Because our program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), graduates are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors.
Time to Completion:
Delivery Options & Start Terms:
- Denver Center: start any term
- Loveland Center: starts each Fall term
Course Timing & Sequence – Designed for Working Professionals
- Classes are offered in an intensive weekend format (Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 8am-4pm).
- Students take one course at a time over two weekends, typically with a weekend off in between.
- Most students are full-time graduate students (taking nine or more credits a semester), however part-time enrollment is an option as well.
- Students are able to work full-time while completing this graduate degree.
- Students can add the Marriage & Family Therapist Licensure via courses at the Denver Center (see below).
Coursework (60 Credit Hours)
For full program requirement details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
Optional Added Marriage & Family Therapist Licensure
Additional/alternate coursework for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) licensure are offered at the Denver Center at Lowry and on campus in Greeley. Please note: on-campus courses would be at a differing tuition rate and incur student fees.
- We also encourage you to visit the Department of Applied Psychology & Counselor Education's pages for this program.
- Learn more about the Professional Counseling Faculty.