Academic Catalog 2008-2009 
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Academic Catalog 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)

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The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program at Colorado Christian University combines rigorous coursework, experiential learning and mentoring relationships, into a comprehensive graduate educational experience. What sets the CCU program apart, though, is the Christian framework that encompasses every aspect and promotes study of the whole person, including the spiritual dimension.

Objectives of the Master of Arts in Counseling Degree Program

The MAC program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become influential and effective licensed clinical counselors. Throughout the program, students are challenged to take what they learn in the classroom and on field experiences and use it to make an impact in their communities, churches, and families. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to take the Colorado Licensure exam.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Colorado Christian University is very selective. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her ability to contribute to the program. The application review process will consider each candidate’s professional, intellectual, and personal experiences in relation to potential for successful graduate study. All MAC admissions decisions are made by and only by the Colorado Christian University Graduate Acceptance Committee. All Graduate Acceptance Committee decisions are final.

  • A completed Application Form.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including one that reflects a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, are required for admission to graduate study. A Psychology undergraduate major is preferred.
  • Candidates should have nine credits of undergraduate Psychology including General or Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Theories of Personality or Human Development. However, if an applicant has not had these courses, he/she may obtain a provisional student status by completing a list of required readings with written summary papers to be submitted to the Director prior to taking the first course.
  • Official interview with MAC Program Advisor or Faculty
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Program specific essays
  • Candidate must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Candidates must submit GRE scores for admission to the MAC program. The GRE score requirement may be waived in certain situations. The GRE test must have been taken within two years prior to application.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to 18 semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU MAC degree requirements.

Time Limitation

The flexible MAC design allows students to tailor the program around a specific area of interest. In addition, participants may take as little as one class per semester or up to five classes a semester, allowing each individual to complete the program at his or her own pace. Classes are held in the evening, which meets the needs of working adults and those with families. The MAC program is designed to be completed within two and half years of intensive study by persons who work full time. MAC courses are taught in a traditional classroom format.

All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a six-year period from the date of enrollment. After the six-year period, a MAC student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the six-year period and wish to complete their MAC degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Re-admission is not guaranteed. Students will be required to adhere to current academic policies and prices.

Application Deadlines

Colorado Christian University’s Master of Arts in Counseling is very selective. We encourage students to submit the application for admission as soon as possible as only completed application files will be presented to the Colorado Christian University Graduate Acceptance Committee and applications are considered in the order completed.


The CCU MAC curriculum combines 32 credit hours in counseling coursework, 6 in Bible and theology, 6 in practicum/internship experiences, and 16 in elective credits for a total of 60 credit hours. The flexibility in elective coursework allows MAC students to tailor the program around a specific area of interest. All coursework needed to prepare for licensing in the state of Colorado is included in the curriculum.

CCU’s MAC program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling Degree

  1. Completion of 60 credit hours in resident study with a combination of 38 credit hours of core classes, 6 credit hours of Bible/Theology, and 16 credit hours of electives.
  2. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the university’s 4.0 grade scale.
  3. Successful completion of the MAC Practicum.
  4. Candidate standing.
  5. Recommendation from the MAC faculty.
  6. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  7. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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