Academic Catalog 2015-2016 
    Aug 17, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)

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

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 professional 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.The MAC program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). Our curriculum prepares students to take the National Counselor Exam, which is the licensure exam for the state of Colorado. They are also prepared to take licensure exams for clinical mental health in many other states.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MAC program at Colorado Christian University is selective. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her potential as a counselor, ability to contribute to the program, and ability to contribute to the counseling profession.  In the application review process, each candidate’s professional, intellectual, and personal experience is considered in relation to the potential for successful graduate study. Admission to the MAC program is not guaranteed. The MAC Admissions Committee determines whether an applicant is admitted or declined admission. Applicants who have been declined admission may re-apply to the MAC program 365 days after being declined admittance. Re-applicants will complete all admissions requirements before being considered by the MAC Admissions Committee.

Admission requirements include:

  • A completed application for admission.
  • Application fee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Program specific essays.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. CCU requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A candidate may use the Institutional Transcript Request Form (PDF) for this purpose. A psychology undergraduate major is preferred, but not required.
  • Candidate must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. A candidate with an undergraduate GPA below 3.25 must take the GRE and submit test scores to CCU. Those with an undergraduate degree GPA above 3.25 are exempt from the GRE requirement. A candidate with a conferred graduate degree GPA of 3.0 and above is also exempt from the GRE. Scores submitted must be from within the last five (5) years. The CCU reporting code for the GRE is 4659.
  • Two letters of recommendation on the form provided as a PDF from people who have known the applicant for more than one year. One must be from a current or former employer, supervisor, or professor. The other must be from a pastoral or spiritual mentor, or a professional colleague (not a relative) who has knowledge about the applicant’s character and maturity.
  • Signed disclosure statement
  • The candidate must complete a Criminal Background Check on-line through Certified Background.  Enter student code: CG88.
  • Admission interview(s) as well as any additional requests from MAC designated program personnel.

Application Deadlines

New students may enter the in-seat and on-line Master of Arts in Counseling program year-round. At the point of admission, students will be assigned a cohort. Depending on the start date,  students will be assigned a prescribed course progression. The MAC program is 7-9 semesters, depending on semester start. The length of the MAC program cannot be accelerated, and the program will be longer for students who step out of the prescribed sequence of classes.

The application deadline is four weeks prior to the next Block start date. All required admission documents and background check must be received before the interview is scheduled. Applicants will be extended an interview request and are required to respond within three days to schedule an admission interview. Delayed response may result in a delayed start date if applicant is accepted. Application files will be evaluated in the order received.

Transfer of Courses

In accordance with CCU’s Graduate Residency Policy, students transferring from a regionally accredited institution may transfer up to twelve (12) semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited master’s program toward the Master’s in Counseling degree, with a letter of recommendation from that program, and must complete the remaining hours at CCU.  The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU degree requirements for MAC. Specific courses which will not be accepted for transfer in to the MAC program include: CSL500 Counseling Skills; CSL510 Group Processing; CSL 514 Practicum; CSL 581 Integrative Intensive Seminar I; CSL 582 Integrative Intensive Seminar II; CSL620 Counseling Services and Methods; CSL653 Internship; CSL674 Professional Orientation; CSL680 Integrative Seminar; and CSL 681 Integrative Intensive Seminar III.

Format of the Master of Arts in Counseling Courses

The MAC program is offered in both an in-seat and online format. In-seat classes are held in the late afternoon, evening, and weekends, which meets the needs of working adults. The MAC program is designed to be completed within seven to nine semesters of intensive study in a lock-step cohort by persons who work full time and have the flexibility to be able to attend the face-to-face classes as necessary. MAC in-seat courses are taught in a hybrid format, with face-to-face time and online assignments. There may be times when core classes are delivered online to facilitate faculty expertise. Electives, Biblical Studies, and Theology courses will be delivered online and in-seat to increase available options for students. 

MAC online classes are either seven or fourteen weeks in length and offered in an online format, utilizing the Blackboard learning platform. Due to the nature of counseling curriculum, courses will have a synchronous component. In addition to the online coursework, the MAC online program requires each student to attend prescribed intensive residencies. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for transportation, hotel and food expenditures. There is a non-refundable residency tuition fee.

Due to the nature of the lock-step cohort format, students desiring to move from an in-seat cohort to an online cohort must submit a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy and secure the permission of the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities. Decisions regarding requests to move from in-seat to online or from online to in-seat will be based upon careful review of the extenuating circumstances and each individual student’s academic standing and degree progress.

Time Limitation

All work applied toward a Master of Counseling degree must be completed within a six-year period from the date of enrollment. A MAC student who cannot complete the requirements within six years will be required to submit a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Continuing study is not guaranteed, and must be approved by the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities. Students are required to adhere to the most current CAGS Student Handbook, MAC Handbook/Manuals, fees, and tuition rates.

Students who need to step out of the cohort, and who have not attended a class for a period of one calendar year (12 months), will need to reapply to the program, have an updated interview, and if accepted, will then be held to the most current CCU Academic Catalog, CAGS Student Handbook, MAC Handbook/Manuals, fees, and tuition rates. Stepping out of the cohort will result in a delayed completion of the student’s program.

Assessment Policy

Informal assessment is an ongoing process. In addition, there are three formal assessments in the MAC program in which each student is carefully reviewed by the MAC faculty and administrative team based on his or her academic work, foundational counseling skills, professional disposition, and behavior. This evaluation process of informal and formal assessments is performed to fulfill our CACREP/professional gate-keeping responsibilities, and to ensure that each student is a good fit for the field of counseling. The MAC administration and faculty may determine there is a need for formal remediation. A student is expected to fulfill the goals of the remediation plan. If a student is unable to reach performance expectations, the MAC department may dismiss the student. If the student violates an ethical guideline or legal statute, the student may be dismissed immediately. 

In-seat Curriculum

All coursework needed to prepare for licensing in the state of Colorado is included in the MAC curriculum. CCU’s MAC program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. In addition, CCU’s MAC program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Master of Arts in Counseling in-seat degree requires completion of the following 60 hours:
Bible and Theology (4 hours)
Counseling Core (41 hours)
Practicum/Internship (9 hours)
Electives (6 hours)

Online Curriculum

State licensure requirements vary from state to state. The MAC curriculum is designed to prepare students for licensure in the state of Colorado. It is the student’s responsibility to determine licensure requirements in the state in which she or he plans to become licensed.

The MAC program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. In addition, CCU’s MAC program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Master of Arts in Counseling online degree requires completion of the following 60 hours:
Residency (4 hours)
Bible and Theology (4 hours)
Counseling Core (39 hours)
Practicum/Internship (9 hours)
Electives (4 hours)

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling Degree

The faculty recommends students in the MA in Counseling to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 60 semester hours and all MAC requirements, including verification of Practicum (100 hours) and Internship (600 hours), completed in accordance with CACREP standards.  
  2. A letter grade of B- or higher in all Counseling required core courses, a letter grade of C- or higher in all elective courses (including Bible and Theology coursework), and a cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the university’s 4.0 grade scale.
  3. A score higher than the national mean minus 1 standard deviation on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE).
  4. Recommendation from the MAC faculty.
  5. Satisfactory completion of the specific courses required for the full degree within six years of MAC program admission and enrollment.
  6. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.