Blending Theory and Practice
With a master’s degree in Counseling and Career Development, you’ll be equipped to help people of all ages develop self-awareness, decision-making, and self-advocacy skills needed to live successful lives. Upon graduation, all students are licensure-eligible and eligible to become National Certified Counselors.
Many of our students come from backgrounds such as:
- Public and private school teaching
- Social work
- Human development
- Postsecondary education
- Employment agencies
If your background is in a different field, don’t let that stop you from applying. More important is your desire to make a difference in others’ lives through a career as a trained, professional counselor.
You’ll complete a general course of study for this Master of Arts degree, including core curriculum, a clinical practicum, and an internship. Additionally, you will choose from three specializations and complete coursework specific to your area of focus.
M.A. in Counseling and Career Development Curriculum
Plan B, Career Counseling Specialization
Plan B, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization
Plan B, School Counseling Specialization
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
Current tuition and fees for graduate students at CSU may be found on the Student Financial Services website.
How long will it take me to finish?
This degree program requires a minimum of 60 credits of academic course work, including completion of both clinical practicum and internship hours.
With a full-time course load, this program takes two full years to complete (including summer sessions). To finish in two years, we recommend that you begin the program in the summer.
You may also choose a part-time course load; the time to completion will vary based on your course load.
Can I pursue two of the three specializations?
While Colorado State University will only recognize one specialization on your transcript, CACREP (our accrediting body) does recognize dual specializations.
Pursuing dual specializations requires:
- Completing the specific curriculum in both specializations
- Completing two 600-hour internships, one in each specialization setting
These requirements increase the timeframe for completing the degree.