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 Couseling students have the opportunity to take additional coursework toward becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). The courses for the LMFT credential are offered at the Denver center only.
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).
Required Courses (60 Credit Hours)
- APCE 558 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3)
- APCE 603 Understanding Children, Adolescents, and Their Systems (3)
- APCE 605 Group Laboratory Experience (1)
- APCE 607 Theories of Counseling (3)
- APCE 612 Practicum in Individual Counseling (5)
- APCE 616 Career Theory, Counseling and Assessment (3)
- APCE 619 Practicum II in Individual Counseling (3)
- APCE 623 Understanding and Counseling Diverse Populations (3)
- APCE 624 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse (3)
- APCE 650 Orientation to Community Counseling (3)
- APCE 657 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling and Psychology (3)
- APCE 660 Psychological Consultation: Theory and Practice (3)
- APCE 661 Psychological Trauma and Intervention for Individuals, Families and Communities (3)
- APCE 662 Group Dynamics and Facilitation (3)
- APCE 665 Family Systems (3)
- APCE 673 Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling (3)
- APCE 692 Internship in Clinical Counseling (1-9)
- PSY 530 Life Span Developmental Psychology (3)
- SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
Optional Added Marriage & Family Therapist Licensure
This additional coursework is offered for LMFT licensure eligibility is offered at the Denver Center at Lowry.
- APCE 668 Sexuality Counseling (3)
- APCE 669 Advanced Methods: Couples and Family Therapy (3)
- APCE 694 Practicum in Couples and Family Therapy (4)
- APCE 695 Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Couples and Family Therapy (3)
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
- 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.