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

Are you interested in helping couples and families work through a wide range of relationship issues? Do you wish to gain a better understanding of the socio-historical contexts of counseling/therapy, including gender, race/ethnicity, class and sexual orientation? The fast-growing couple and family counseling/therapy profession may be a great choice for you. Our program aims to educate competent counselors/therapists 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.

CU Denver’s couple and family counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP.) In addition, our program plans call for the pursuit of Council of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE​) accreditation at the earliest possible date. Our curriculum is based on the COAMFTE accreditation standards. Our mission and these standards promote: a strong commitment to diversity and cultural responsiveness; the preparation of students who practice couple and family therapy (CFT) in diverse settings with diverse client populations; CFT knowledge, theories, research and core competencies; dedication to an inclusive and diverse learning environment; and preparation of students for CFT/MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy) licensure in Colorado who can strengthen the professional identity of culturally responsive, knowledgeable and ethical CFT/MFTs in Colorado.​

This master's specialization is a rigorous program that includes course work (classroom and online), 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. This program also prepares you for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and 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 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.

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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! 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:
Private practice
Community agencies
University counseling programs
Mental health centers
Substance abuse treatment centers

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