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MA, Counseling, Concentration: Clinical Mental Health

Are you interested in strengthening your ability to advocate for individuals and facilitate positive change in your community? If so, you may be interested in this rigorous clinical mental health program, designed to prepare you to serve community counseling needs in community mental health centers, private practice, substance abuse centers, hospitals, correctional facilities, and hospice services. This program aims to educate competent counselors who value inclusion and prize diversity. We're looking for students who want to embody integrity and culturally-sensitive ethics in the professional practice and who are committed to life-long learning, self-care and professional development.

This CACREP-accredited master's specialization is a rigorous program that includes coursework, practicum and internships designed to prepare you for state licensure eligibility. The practicum experience in this program can't be matched by any other counseling program in the state. That's because CU Denver students get real-world counseling experience in our Counseling Center, with live supervision and constant feedback from licensed clinicians.

Outstanding faculty will be dedicated to your academic and professional growth.

For additional information, please contact student advisor at, 303-315-6300.




We welcome applicants from all educational backgrounds. Admitted students must demonstrate completion of a basic statistics course. A student may be granted conditional admission until this requirement is met. This prerequisite can be completed prior to starting or by the first semester of the program. Visit the Counseling program’s admissions page to review a detailed list of application requirements and apply.

To complete this program, you'll take the required courses, practicum and internships. You'll also take a comprehensive exam or write a thesis. And, you'll have the option of taking the National Counselor Exam for Licensed Professional Counselors.

Some may ask why the University of Colorado Denver counseling program degree requires 63 credit hours. Our goal is to help you meet all CACREP standard requirements to make it easy to get licensed as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in Colorado. CACREP (counseling programs' national accrediting body) has moved to a requirement of 60 credit hours. We provide a rigorous program which will position you for success and help you meet all the requirements for licensure, now and in the future. Qualitatively, our students are recognized as being a step above the rest, and we plan to keep it that way.


Successful completion of the MA degree requires a minimum of 63 graduate semester hours. Most of our classes 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 3:30pm 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.

Course List


Chi Sigma Iota chapter Beta Alpha Omega is the counseling academic professional honor society. To qualify, you must have completed two semesters or 9 credit hours with a 3.5 GPA. The purpose of this group is to promote scholarship, leadership, professionalism and excellence in counseling in the field of mental health. The group provides a forum for students in the CU Denver Counseling program to network, share common concerns, and recognize outstanding academic performance. We encourage you to get involved! Check ​out the application and brochure here. You can become a member by going to and clicking on membership.

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Our students go on to work in a broad spectrum of settings including:
Community mental health centers
Substance abuse centers
Crisis centers
Correctional facilities
Hospice services
Private practice

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