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MA, Counseling, Concentration: Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy

The Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy is a 63 credit hour nationally accredited (CACREP) program. The purpose of this extensive training is to prepare graduates to be able to deal effectively with the variety of issues and family constellations that will present them. Toward that end, students will receive in-depth training in conceptualization skills as well as in the theoretical and practical application of systems theory. Aside from formal clinical coursework, graduate students will have the opportunity to see clients at the Student and Community Counseling Center.

The MA specialization in Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy (CFC/T) at the University of Colorado Denver prepares students for careers as couple and family therapists who treat mental and emotional disorders, while promoting optimum relational health through a systemic, holistic approach. The focus of this specialization is systemic and relational, with a commitment to fostering an open culture of social, relational and cross–cultural contexts of learning that are essential for effective therapist training. The MCFC/T specialization prepares counselors and relational therapists who value inclusion and prize diversity such that they are prepared to offer a continuum of mental health services across a variety of settings for the benefit of the community and society.

The Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy Program meets the COAMFTE 12.0 Accreditation Standards’ Foundational Curriculum Areas (FCAs)

Overall Program Goals

The Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy faculty are committed to the following program goals:

  1. Program will exhibit commitment to diversity and cultural responsiveness.
  2. Program educates students in a systemic paradigm and emphasizes the use of a systemic framework in their clinical practice.
  3. Program is committed to educating students on research.
  4. Program is committed to developing ethical practitioners.
  5. Program demonstrates commitment to graduate success.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following are the corresponding student learning outcomes for the Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy program:

  1. Students will demonstrate clinical competency in working in diverse settings and with diverse client populations.
  2. Students will successfully pass the multicultural curriculum
  3. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of a systemic framework in a case application paper
  4. Students will apply a systemic framework in their clinical practice
  5. Students will develop a research proposal
  6. Students will learn to critically analyze common assessments in the field
  7. Students will show a commitment to professional ethical behavior in their clinical practice
  8. Students will complete program in a timely manner
  9. Graduates will be gainfully employed in the field
  10. Graduates will pass the National Marital and Family Therapy Exam

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. This program also prepares you for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy students are required to successfully complete a Capstone Project (Formal Case Presentation) during their internship experience, as a culmination of their education and training as couple and family therapists. CFT students are expected to demonstrate in their Capstone Project, their development as a skilled and culturally responsive couple and family therapist ready to proceed to the next stage of their professional development, post-masters, towards licensure as an LMFT (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist).

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 and COAMFTE standard requirements to make it easy to get licensed as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in Colorado and provide you with the educational experience to become an LMFT. 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 nine 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! You can become a member by going to and clicking on membership.

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Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling/Therapy students can also pursue membership in Delta Kappa Iota, the International Marriage & Family Therapy Honor Society. The MCFC/T track/specialization is in the process of forming a local chapter of the society which will be active in Spring 2019. Further information about Delta Kappa and membership can be found at​​


Our students go on to work in a broad spectrum of settings including:
Private practice
Community agencies
University counseling programs
Mental health centers
Substance abuse treatment centers

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