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MA Counseling, Concentration: School Counseling

Do you love helping adolescents and children? Is it your goal to act as a transformational school leader who advocates for students from all backgrounds in this diverse society, supporting their personal, social, educational, and vocational goals? Then, this program can position you for success. The demand for qualified school counselors is expected to grow as school enrollments increase and school counselors take on expanded roles. Our program aims to educate competent school counselors who value inclusion and prize diversity. We're looking for students who embody integrity and culturally-sensitive ethics in professional practice and who are committed to educational reform, educational equity, life-long learning, self-care and professional development. The rewards of working with students, teachers, parents, community members, local business leaders and administrators are tremendous, so we encourage you to join the field of school counseling!

This CACREP-accredited master's specialization is a rigorous program that includes coursework with faculty with outstanding national credentials and with relevant and cutting-edge research to help you develop all the skills that you need to be an excellent counselor in today's challenging school environments and our pluralistic society. This program also offers practica and field experiences designed to prepare you for state certification and licensure as a professional counselor. The practicum experiences in this program are unmatched 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.

For more information on a school counseling career, we suggest you visit The Education Trust's National Center for Transforming School Counseling and the American School Counselor Association websites.

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. You will be required to take the PLACE exam for school counselor licensure. And, you'll have the option of taking the National Counselor Exam for licensure.

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) is moving toward 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 twelve 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:
Schools as school counselors/guidance counselors
Private practice
Community agencies


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