Counseling - School Counseling​​​

MA License

Is it your desire to be an advocate for adolescents and children from all backgrounds in this diverse and ever changing society? Is it your goal to support students’ personal, social, educational and vocational goals? The need for qualified school counselors is in high demand as the commitment to mental health in schools intensifies and school counselors take on expanded roles. CU Denver’s MA in Counseling with a concentration in school counseling prepares competent school counselors who value inclusion and diversity in their communities.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 3 to 4 years Credits required for completion: 63

The Details

What you'll learn

Is it your desire to be an advocate for adolescents and children from all backgrounds in this diverse and ever changing society? Is it your goal to support students’ personal, social, educational and vocational goals? The need for qualified school counselors is in high demand as the commitment to mental health in schools intensifies and school counselors take on expanded roles. CU Denver’s MA in Counseling with a concentration in school counseling prepares competent school counselors who value inclusion and diversity in their communities.

Launch your counseling career with real-world experience unmatched by any other mental health graduate program in Colorado. Our students obtain mentored counseling experience in our Student and Community Counseling Center with live supervision and constant feedback from licensed clinicians. Our graduates are recognized for being strongly prepared and committed to providing culturally informed, equity focused services.

This specialized master’s program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Program (CACREP).

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a counselor. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top schools in the country.

Courses

Most of the courses for this 63-credit program take place Monday - Thursday in three hour blocks beginning at either 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. However, core and prerequisite classes are offered starting at 3:30 p.m. on a consistent basis. Some classes meet on weekends (Friday evening or Saturday during the day) or in a hybrid format. Very few classes will be available fully online.

Admissions Requirements

Diversity Statement

We encourage applications from persons from a variety of sociopolitical contexts, such as racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans, sexual and gender minorities, and individuals from a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds. The couple/family faculty provides open and supportive learning environments where students are invited to engage in personal and reflective processes about their own and others’ experiences, beliefs and values. We seek to train counselors/therapists who can approach clients with integrity, respect and sensitivity for differences in beliefs, values, and lifestyles.

Application Deadlines

Due to the competitive nature of this program, faculty are only able to review complete applications; this includes letters of recommendation, transcripts and all other required elements of the application. In order to secure your application as “complete” in sufficient time for faculty review and consideration we highly recommend submitting your application at least one to two months prior to the deadline to ensure we have ample time to work with you on your application should items be missing. To avoid your application remaining incomplete at the time of the posted deadline please be sure to complete the steps below as early as possible.

Fall Semester: January 15

Spring Semester: September 15

Application Requirements

  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Admissions Interview: Upon successful completion and review of your file, qualified applicants are invited to attend a REQUIRED half-day interview on the Denver campus approximately one month after the deadline date. During this interview applicants will be oriented to the program, participate in small group interviews, large group exercises and will engage in a spontaneous writing assignment. Participation in the interview is mandatory and you will not be accepted into the program without attending. We do not conduct individual interviews for admission to our program. Final selection of the applicants will be based on their performance in the interview.
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.