Master of Arts in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling and/or School Counseling

Students desiring to enroll in an online Master’s Degree program in the School of Counselor Education must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students enrolled in the final year of undergraduate study may be admitted to graduate study pending verification of receipt of the baccalaureate degree.

Deadlines & Cohort Information

Currently, there are no application deadlines. Space is limited each semester, therefore, priority is given to complete applications submitted early. Please note that enrollment/admission may end before the aforementioned deadlines.

Our application system tracks students per semester based on application completion date (the date all of your application materials are submitted and the application fee is paid).

The later you complete your application the greater the potential to be considered for a term later than you anticipated. The earlier the better!

Master of Arts in Counseling online cohorts begin every Fall and Spring semesters.

Admission Requirements

A candidate who is interested in enrolling at Adams State University to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Counseling must:

1. Complete the Spring 2025 Application

Spring 2025 applications are open
Fall 2024 applications are closed for new applications
Fall 2025 applications will open July 1, 2024

2. Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee at the time of application

3. Short Essay Questions

    • Completed within the online application (highly encouraged to write out prior to copy/paste into online application):
      • Relevance of career goals—How do you plan to utilize your counseling degree?
      • Aptitude for graduate level study—Please explain your preparation for graduate level work.  Describe your skills and available resources that will enable you to succeed in this graduate program.
      • Potential success in forming effective counseling relationships—Describe your understanding of the counseling process.  What do you believe is important in forming an effective therapeutic relationship with your potential clients?
      • Respect for cultural differences—Explain how you would navigate working with a person(s) who has/have a different perspective or different values than your own.
      • Question assessing personal disposition—Describe (briefly) a hard truth you have learned about yourself as an adult.  How did you learn about it?  How have you responded to that knowledge?

4. Two (2) online recommendation forms from professional sources addressing the ability of the applicant to become a counselor, academic strengths, and potential.

Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete the online recommendation form during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.

5. Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions

Transcripts from Adams State need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved international credential evaluator. Please have all official transcripts sent directly from the institutions to:  (for electronic official transcripts)


Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

6. Download and read the

M.A. Counselor Education Student Handbook


  • Additional information may be requested by the School of Counselor Education before an admission decision can be determined.
  • The School of Counselor Education Director will notify students of admission decisions.
  • If you have below a 2.75 cumulative GPA from your last conferred degree, please provide a brief letter explaining the outcome of your GPA, what has changed, and how you feel that now you would be a successful candidate. If you have 12+ credit hours post-conferred degree, please let us know to re-evaluate your GPA with the additional credit.
  • The School of Counselor Education does not accept international students. US citizens working abroad will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the CMH or SCH Counseling Program Chair prior to applying for admissions.
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