Department of Human Services & Counseling
The Human Services Department offers two bachelor degrees, five concentrations, and one master's degree.
A Human Services degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver enables you to pursue a career in the field of human services or nonprofit management. And while there are many different areas of human services, each has something in common: a commitment to serve others.
We’re proud that all of the programs offered by the Human Services department are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We’re also proud to offer five unique areas of concentration so you can focus on your specific passion in the human services industry. In addition, we have launched a new and exciting graduate program; the Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health with a concentration in Addiction Counseling.
Our curriculum is nationally accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) and Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). Students who complete this concentration are qualified to apply to the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to become a Certified Addictions Counselor I (CAC I) upon graduation. In addition, we offer the curricula required for CAC II and III. To find out more, click here.
High Risk Youth Studies
Designed for students who want to work with youth in a variety of settings. Students learn about issues that directly impact the lives of youth, as well as the treatment and support network available for youth in the Denver metro area. High Risk Youth Studies is also accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). To find out more, click here.
Mental Health Counseling
Designed to support students who want to provide direct service to a variety of populations. This concentration provides the most flexible curriculum for students who want to work in the field. Students who want to be counselors are encouraged to continue their education at the graduate level upon graduation. The Mental Health Counseling concentration is also accredited Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). To find out more, click here.
Designed for students who want to create and run nonprofit organizations, work in fundraising, volunteer coordination, and other areas of nonprofit management, this concentration offers students the knowledge and skills to be an effective leader in the nonprofit sector. To find out more, click here.
The concentration in Trauma offers students the ability to gain practical knowledge and skills necessary for careers that serve a client population that likely has experienced trauma. Students will learn about trauma and complex trauma, the impact trauma has on overall functioning as well as treatment interventions and supportive activities for practitioners who work with this population. The concentration in Trauma was designed not only to allow students choice in meeting their educational and career goals but also to prepare them well for graduate study in mental health and behavioral health programs (e.g., programs leading to an LPC, LAC, LMFT, LCSW, etc. credential).
In addition to our other five concentrations, we have an agreement with Denver Health to support a Paramedic concentration. Students who complete the Paramedic program at Denver Health and earn Colorado State certification as a Paramedic can use the credits from Denver Health towards a Human Services degree. In addition, if you are currently certified as a Paramedic by the State of Colorado and completed your Paramedic program at a location other than Denver Health, we can work with you to pursue a Human Services degree. In order to pursue this concentration, contact the Chair of the Department for advising. To find out more, click here.
Fire and Emergency Response Administration
This new program is designed to support students who are interested in a career in fire services as well as those who are already working in the field who want to complete a bachelor’s degree. The course work in this degree is part of a nationally standardized curriculum based on the National Fire Academy-Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Model Curriculum and are intended to meet higher education criteria set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The Fire and Emergency Response Administration is one of the few programs in the country to receive the Certificate of Recognition issued by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education initiative. To find out more how FERA major supports MSU Denver's mission, click here.
Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health - Addiction Counseling Emphasis
The Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health with a concentration in Addiction Counseling integrates research, skill development, education in treatment and recovery, evidence-based practices and field work to prepare you for a career in the treatment of substance abuse and addictive behavior disorders in a variety of settings. You will qualify to sit for the examination for Master Addictions Counselors (MAC) to earn your License in Addictions Counseling (LAC). With one additional internship you may also qualify to complete the examination for your Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Click here to find out more.