Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling is offered online.

This program is designed to meet the educational needs of those students who are not within driving distance of a counseling program or whose work schedule will not allow physical attendance. Some courses are offered at a specific time during the week through the use of a two-way interactive audio chat. Students can access the two-way interactive audio chat from home. Other online courses are text-based and asynchronous. The online program offers the same course content as the other accredited programs Adams State University offers, only in an online format. Travel to Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado is required twice during the program. Students will attend labs during the semester. Labs will be outlined in their Plan of Study. This information will be available with registration information after admission. During these weeks, students will interact with the faculty on campus and further develop their counseling and interpersonal skills, form learning groups, become acquainted with the program and its expectations, and receive tutoring, advising, and supervision.

Degree Requirements

The degree programs in school and clinical mental health counseling require a minimum of 60 semester hours as described below. However, the order of the course offering is subject to change.

  • COUN 503: Intro to Research (3 hours)
  • COUN 515: Multiclt & Diversity Issues (3 hours)
  • COUN 517: Life Span Development (3 hours)
  • COUN 524: Coun Theors & Hlp Relationship (3 hours)
  • COUN 527: Group Counseling (3 hours) with COUN 527L: Group Counseling Lab (0 hours)
  • COUN 528: Career Development (3 hours)
  • COUN 530: Couple/Family/System Counseling (3 hours)
  • COUN 536: Pre-Practicum (3 hours) with COUN 536L: Pre-Practicum Lab (0 hours)
  • COUN 537: Practicum (3 hours) with COUN 537L: Practicum Lab (0 hours)
  • COUN 546: Assessment in Counseling (3 hours)
  • COUN 549: Foundations Addict Counseling (3 hours)
  • COUN 550: Ethics & Professional Issues (3 hours)
  • COUN 538: Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma (3 hours)

Completion of requirements for one of the following emphases:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling:

  • COUN 542: Diagnosis and Psychopathology (3 hours)
  • COUN 555: Clinical Mntl Hlth Counseling (3 hours)
  • COUN 554: Coun Mods for Clin Ment Hlth (3 hours)
  • COUN 585: Intern I Clinic Mental Health (3 hours)
  • COUN 595: Intern II Clinical Mental Hlth (3 hours)
  • Plus six hours of electives

School Counseling Program:

  • COUN 540: Fdn of School Counseling (3 hours)
  • COUN 541: Comp School Counseling (3 hours)
  • COUN 534: Coun Modalities Sch Setting (3 hours)
  • COUN 551: Prof School Counseling Issues (3 hours)
  • COUN 586: Intern I-Professional School (3 hours)
  • COUN 596: Intrnshp II- School Counseling (3 hours)
  • Plus three hours of electives