Academic Programs

M.A. in Counseling and Career Development

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The Counseling and Career Development master's degree prepares professional counselors following the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs standards so that graduates are able to help people of all ages develop the self-awareness, exploration, decision making, and self-advocacy skills needed to live effective lives within a pluralistic society.

Graduates of the CCD program receive a world-class education through relevant, interpersonal, and technology-rich learning experiences. A Master of Arts, this program offers a choice of three specializations: career counseling, clinical mental health counseling, and school counseling. Regardless of the specialization, you will complete:

  • Core curriculum: 48 credit hours
  • Specialization curriculum: 12 credit hours
  • Clinical practicum: 100 hours
  • Internship: 600 hours, in the appropriate setting for your specialization

Learn more about the specializations

Career Counseling specialization

Graduates of the Career Counseling specialization are uniquely educated and trained to go beyond traditional career interventions of career education and career guidance, and engage in career counseling. In partnering with individuals to live a life of meaning and mattering as defined by the individual, career counselors are able to utilize their counseling knowledge and skills to engage in reflexive dialogues to address individuals' unique cultures, contexts, needs, desires, values, concerns, and barriers that may arise during any of the three previously mentioned career interventions.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization—NEW!

In line with the American Mental Health Counselors Association, graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization are prepared to enter a distinct profession with national standards for education, training, and clinical practice. Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution (AMHCA). Clinical Mental Health Counselors typically work from a holistic approach in providing counseling services in different health settings such as inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, residential facilities, hospice care centers, or private practice.

School Counseling specialization

Graduates of the School Counseling specialization are prepared to serve as professional school counselors in K-12 educational settings. Professional school counselors work to meet the academic, social-emotional, and career needs of all students through individual, group, and classroom delivery modalities. Through advocacy, collaboration, and leadership, school counseling graduates serve as systemic change agents striving to ensure equitable educational access by engaging in data-informed practice, reducing multi-level barriers, and promoting culturally sensitive decision-making.

For more information about the M.A. in Counseling and Career Development, please click the links in the menu to the right. If you have specific questions that are not addressed in these links, or if you wish to discuss your interest in this degree, please feel free to contact the program coordinator, Dr. Laurie Carlson, at (970) 491-6826 or

Application deadline: February 1

Applications are accepted for the summer (highly encouraged) and fall semesters only.