MA in Counseling and Human Services

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Program Description

MA in Counseling and Human Services

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

If you are looking for an accredited counseling program which focuses on quality counselor training in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling, our department may be an appropriate fit for your graduate education! This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditations of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Additionally, we provide advanced training for current school and mental health counselors who are in need of professional development for their respective licenses.


The mission of the Department of Counseling and Human Services is to provide excellence in professional preparation of graduate students in school and clinical mental health counseling.

Experienced faculty delivers high quality, experiential, professional education that leads to transformational change among students, clients, and institutions. Using a reflective, ethical, developmental, and systemic lens, students develop counseling knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics to become effective facilitators of change and social justice among diverse clientele.


The philosophy behind our training programs emphasizes that counselors assist clients and students with life challenges through dynamic, holistic, developmentally appropriate, strength based interventions which emphasize the creation of healthy coping skills.

Further, through psychoeducational interventions, counselors seek to prevent problems before they are created by helping clients and students foster effective communication, problem solving and conflict resolutions skills, as well as healthy and adaptive behavioral patterns.

CHS Degree Programs

MA in CHS: School Counseling

The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers the Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis in School Counseling. The School Counselor training program meets the licensure requirements of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and is accredited by CACREP based on national standards for the preparation of school counselors. In accordance with these standards, the school counselor program requires the completion of a 60 semester hour degree program. School Counselor students will complete the same foundational coursework as the Clinical Mental Health Counselor students and may be eligible for licensure as a Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

MA in CHS: Counseling and Leadership Program (Air Force Officer Command)

The Counseling and Leadership master's degree program is a one-year, comprehensive curriculum for developing selected Majors for the important responsibility of air officer commanding or leading a cadet squadron at the US Air Force Academy. This training program was piloted in 1999, formalized in 2003 and is a sustained collaboration between the Department of Counseling and Human Services and the United States Air Force Academy.

MA in CHS: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) emphasis within the Department of Counseling and Human Services is designed to prepare graduate students to assume positions in the provision of professional counseling and consultation services involving the principles of psychotherapy. It is a 60 semester hour program. Students will be prepared in the areas of human development, learning theory, group dynamics, and the etiology and diagnosis of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior. They will be prepared to provide professional services to individuals, couples, families and groups for the purposes of treating psychopathology and promoting optimal mental health. Promotion and enhancement of healthy, self-actualizing, and satisfying life-styles is the goal of clinical mental health counseling, whether the services are rendered in an educational, military, business or industrial, health or medical, private practice or human services setting.

Addictions Emphasis

The Department of Counseling and Human Services within the College of Education at UCCS has established a 15 credit hour emphasis that offers students who have been accepted into the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services program the opportunity to seek certification as an Addictions Counselor (CAC II). The university curriculum is designed to meet the standards set forth by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) including hours of in-class study, additional homework and laboratory assignments. Students may complete the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services and the addictions emphasis simultaneously. UCCS offers the only Masters of Arts degree program in the state of Colorado that embeds the competencies to meet CAC II credentialing.

Human Services Minor

Human services is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. The Human Services minor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs emphasizes personal growth, theory-based practices, and experiential learning through fieldwork placement. The Human Services minor provides both the academic and experiential background for the student seeking a career working with diverse populations in the varied and expanding field of Human Services.

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Last updated February 1, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2016
2 - 3 years
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November 1 (Early application deadline for spring semester available every fall). February 28 (Regular Admission for annual cohort)
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Duration 2 - 3 years
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