Colorado Psychology Master’s and Graduate Degree Programs

Looking to pursue a graduate psychology program in Colorado? Our extensive guide has you covered! Colorado colleges that offer terminal (master’s in psychology only) and non-terminal (master’s in psychology with doctorate) degree programs are categorized below with an informative short description, ranked by affordability, with links leading directly to each program for additional information. There are 8 schools providing 22 postgraduate psychology degree programs across many specializations including: clinical mental health counseling, addiction counseling, general psychology, educational psychology, international disaster psychology, sport and performance psychology, forensic psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, geropsychology, trauma psychology, child, family and school psychology. See the “Psychology Resources” section below for sites featuring useful, local information. Neighboring States that offer psychology graduate programs include New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Colorado Masters in Psychology

Colorado Master’s in Psychology Programs

Aspen University The AU MA in Psychology and Addiction Counseling is designed to prepare you to advance in the field of addiction studies. It covers the fundamental theories of addiction, specialized topics in substance abuse treatment and prevention. Graduates will gain a deep understanding of addiction's psychological and neurological aspects, treatment approaches, and substance abuse prevention theories. Enjoy the flexibility of 16 courses with frequent start dates and affordable monthly payments. Course topics include research, addiction theories, neurobiology, ethics, diagnosis, and more.
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University of Northern Colorado The UNC MA in Educational Psychology caters to teachers, students, researchers, and consultants and is designed to be flexible and authentic. Courses are offered on campus, at off-campus extension sites in Denver and other locations, and online. Summer courses accommodate teachers. Typically, students take 3-4 courses per semester, completing the 30-credit program and MA Comprehensive Examination over 3-4 semesters. While some courses are online, the majority are taught on campus.
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Naropa University The NU MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in "Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology" merges Western psychology with Eastern contemplative traditions, equipping students with comprehensive and compassionate techniques for mental health counseling. By integrating mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist principles, students gain a profound understanding of self-awareness, empathy, and therapeutic presence. The curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, personal growth, and the acquisition of clinical skills rooted in contemplative wisdom.
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs The UCCS MA in Psychology Clinical track is an adult-focused program that follows the Boulder scientist/practitioner training model which emphasizes the integrated roles of science and practice. The clinical MA track has a focus on adult populations. Our program emphasizes the integration of science and practice, particularly in clinical assessment and intervention skills. While the two-year curriculum provides a solid foundation, we aim to prepare students for further doctoral-level training.
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs The UCCS MA in Psychological Science provides the student with a solid foundation in psychological research. The program includes coursework in Psychological Science design, research methodology, and statistics. The student will also develop an area of specialization that will serve as a basis for elective coursework and the Master's thesis. The program is primarily designed to prepare students for doctoral degrees in psychology or related fields.
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Colorado State University (HLC)(SIOP) The CSU Online Master of Applied IO Psychology program is aimed at equipping students with the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle workplace challenges and enhance organizational effectiveness. At the core of the program lies the scientist-practitioner model, which integrates theoretical understanding with practical application. The program encompasses various aspects of I/O psychology, such as personnel selection, training and development, leadership, and organizational change. Upon graduation, individuals can pursue diverse career paths in fields such as human resources, organizational development, talent management, consulting, and research.
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University of Denver (MPCAC) The DU Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program offers three areas of concentration: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Research Based. Our M.A. program focuses primarily on adolescent and adult counseling; however, you can pursue interests in child counseling through practicum opportunities or you can focus on marital and family counseling through coursework.
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University of Denver DU offers a Master of Arts in International Disaster Psychology, a Master of Arts in Sport and Performance Psychology, and a MA in Forensic Psychology. Some speciality choices include: Latinx Psychology, Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology, Oncology Psychology, Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, or Substance Use Disorder Psychology.
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Colorado Doctorate in Psychology Programs

University of Northern Colorado (APA)(NASP) The UNC PhD in School Psychology mission is to develop health service providers who are able to apply, through careers in research and practice, psychological and educational principles to improve the psychosocial environments of children (ages birth-21) and their families. Alongside their PhD, students complete a master's in Foundations of Professional Psychology. Graduates are eligible for licensure as psychologists and school psychologists, opening doors to careers as professors, evaluators, consultants, and therapists, and more. Our program emphasizes improving the psychosocial environments of children.
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University of Northern Colorado The UNC EdS in School Psychology is designed for those students who wish to become school psychologist practitioners. Our program offers hands-on learning, extensive practicum experiences, and field placements where you'll collaborate with students, educators, parents, and mental health professionals. While a bachelor's degree is a required entry point, students with a master's degree in psychology can work with advisors to develop a customized plan. A course in abnormal psychology is is also required for students without prior exposure.
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University of Northern Colorado (APA) The UNC PhD in Counseling Psychology students that complete our program are appropriately trained in health service psychology to be eligible for licensure as doctoral level psychologists. Our students benefit from hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art Psychological Services Clinic. They also have opportunities to present at national conferences, collaborate on research projects, conduct psychological assessments, provide individual therapy in a semester-long practicum, and gain practical experience in diverse off-site settings such as counseling centers, healthcare facilities, community agencies, and Veterans Affairs centers.
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University of Colorado Denver (APA) The UCD PhD in Clinical Health Psychology adheres to the scientist-practitioner model. Training emphasizes the contribution of research to the understanding, treatment and prevention of a wide range of health-related problems, and the application of knowledge that is grounded in scientific evidence. The program emphasizes cultural competence and diversity, with opportunities to work with underserved populations. The program's mission is to equip future psychologists with the skills needed to address diverse health concerns.
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University of Colorado Denver (APA,NASP) The UCD PsyD in School Psychology provides students with advanced professional training in psychological assessment, direct and indirect interventions, prevention strategies and research methodologies. Nationally-recognized faculty provide innovative professional training in the delivery of culturally responsive school-based psychological services to meet the mental health needs of children and youth. Graduates gain an evidence-based, culturally responsive, and collaborative approach. With a 100% job placement rate, this program is highly regarded in the State.
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs (APA) The UCCS PhD in Clinical Psychology - Trauma follows the esteemed Boulder Scientist/Practitioner model. Our program is designed to train students who have a particular interest in conducting research and working clinically with traumatized individuals. It provides comprehensive training in mental health diagnosis, assessment, and intervention for adults who have experienced trauma. Additionally, the program focuses on conducting both basic and applied research on the psychological well-being of adults with a trauma history.
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs (APA) The UCCS PhD in Clinical Psychology - Geropsychology trains students according to the scientist-practitioner model in mental health diagnosis, assessment, and intervention for adults and older adults, and in basic and applied research on the psychological functioning of adults and aging individuals. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to work in a range of settings, including mental health clinics and clinical practices, hospitals, nursing homes, colleges and universities, state offices, research institutes, and as consultants to a wide variety of housing and social service providers to adults and older adults.
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Colorado State University (HLC) The CSU MS-PhD in Applied Social and Health Psychology (ASHP) students develop a strong methodological background and learn to use multiple research techniques to investigate social issues that have major impacts on people, organizations, and communities. Research foci of the faculty and students in the department include Environmental Psychology, Occupational Health, Prevention Science, or Relationship and Family Health. Graduates from the program go on to careers in academia, the private sector, and government agencies.
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Colorado State University (HLC) The CSU Cognitive Neuroscience PhD are particularly focused on clinical application areas such as developmental disorders, mental health, aging and dementia. Our program has a small number of faculty and graduate students that benefit from access to cutting edge technology such as high density EEG, functional near infrared spectroscopy, high-speed remote eye tracking and transcranial electrical stimulation, as well as more traditional behavioral and neuropsychological methods.
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Colorado State University (HLC) The CSU PhD in Cognitive Psychology program trains first-rate researchers and scholars in the science of the human mind. There are typically 2-3 students per faculty member so as to provide highly individualized graduate education, allow close collaboration with faculty, and promote frequent formal and informal interactions with faculty and peers. Our graduates go on to productive careers as teachers and researchers in academic settings, or as research scientists and applied cognitive psychologists in business and industry.
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Colorado State University (APA)(HLC) The CSU Counseling Psychology PhD is based upon a scientist-practitioner model of training. As such, the goal of the program is to produce students who are capable of advancing psychology as a science and who are proficient in the use of a variety of counseling and clinical techniques. In meeting this goal, students must demonstrate excellence in three basic areas: Psychological Theory, Research and Assessment and Intervention. Our program requires the equivalent of four full-time academic years of graduate study and the completion of an internship prior to the awarding of the doctoral degree.
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Colorado State University (HLC) The CSU MS-PhD in IO Psychology trains psychologists in the scientific study of human behavior in the world of work. We expect students to obtain a firm grounding in several basic areas of psychology and research methodology, as well as a thorough foundation in theory, research, and practical techniques specific to I/O psychology. We train students to conduct both basic and applied research, and to apply of theory and research to organizational and human resource management problems in organizations.
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Colorado State University (HLC) The CSU PhD in Occupational Health Psychology takes a comprehensive view of the work environment, including the way work is organized as well as the culture of the organization. Students are required to complete coursework in Occupational Health Psychology, Principles of Ergonomics, and Epidemiology beyond the psychology doctoral degree requirements. Students also conduct research in occupational health psychology, participate in multidisciplinary applied occupational health projects, and coordinate, deliver, and attend workshops and colloquia.
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University of Colorado Boulder (APA) The UCB PhD in Clinical Psychology main goal is to train clinical scientists who will produce and apply scientific knowledge in understanding, assessing, preventing, and treating emotional and behavioral problems. Students receive a Master of Arts degree in the course of working toward the PhD.
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University of Denver (APA) The DU PhD in Counseling Psychology is intended for those preparing to become counseling psychologists. Through coursework and hands-on experience, you will learn to evaluate theories and research critically, while gaining a deeper understanding of the communities and individuals you will serve.
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University of Denver (NASP) The DU EdS in Child, Family and School Psychology offers you practical experience, research opportunities, and well-rounded coursework. You will learn the skills needed to work with children of all developmental abilities (aged birth to 21 years), as well as their families, in school or community settings. Also offered is a optional Early Childhood School Psychology Concentration.
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University of Denver The DU PhD in Child, Family and School Psychology (CFSP) offers two tracks: one for students who are currently licensed school psychologists and one for students who are not licensed school psychologists (but want to become licensed). Within each track, you will take advanced classes in assessment, clinical practice, supervision, and research methods to develop concentrated expertise in the field.
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University of Denver (APA,APCS) The DU Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology has a strong foundation in the practitioner/scholar model of training (also known as the Vail model). Speciality training includes: Military Psychology, Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Treatment of Women, Substance Use Disorder Psychology, Dynamic Psychotherapy, Latinx Psychology, Behavior Therapy, Behavioral Medicine, Oncology Psychology and Adult or Child Assessment & Therapy.
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Colorado Psychology Licensing and Resources

Colorado Psychologist License Lookup Search the Division of Professions and Occupations in the State for Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Professinal Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, unlicensed psychotherapy professionals, and more.
Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners The Board of Psychologist Examiners regulates Licensed Psychologists in the State. Board activities include review of licensure applications, complaints and enforcement of disciplinary actions against violators of the Mental Health Practice Act or Board Rule, laws, rules, policies, and FAQ's. The Board consists of seven members, three public and four professionals, who meet six times per year.
Mental Health Colorado Founded in 1953, the MHC is the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders and advocates for every Coloradan who experiences a mental health or substance use condition each year. We engage policymakers, providers, the public, and the press to promote mental well-being, ensure equitable access to mental health and substance use care, and end discrimination. Our efforts range from the Capitol to the classroom.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado Provides advocacy, education, and support to individuals of all ages and to families impacted by serious and persistent mental illness in the State. We envision a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares. Our mission is to provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council The CBHC is a statewide, community-based mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery service association and serves as the membership association for the State's system of community behavioral health providers. Advocating on behalf of its member organizations, CBHC works with policymakers and community leaders to support community resilience, guide behavioral health innovation, and enhance individual well-being throughout the State. We work to ensure all Coloradoans have access to quality, community-based services tailored to the unique needs and strengths of each community.
Colorado Psychological Association The CPA advances the profession of psychology through advocacy and education for the promotion of psychological health and well-being. Membership and participation in CPA is one way psychologists demonstrate their commitment to psychology as a vital profession of the highest standards. When you join CPA, you become a part of statewide and national efforts to increase public knowledge of the unique qualifications and expertise of psychologists, and to advocate for psychology and mental health in the State.
American Association for Emergency Psychiatry The AAEP is the leading organization for emergency mental health professionals. Committed to advancing the unique needs of emergency psychiatry practitioners, AAEP organizes conferences and facilitates discussions on cutting-edge research. As an APA Allied Organization, AAEP advocates evidence-based care and offers membership benefits like discounted rates, journal access, career resources, networking, and more. Join AAEP to grow professionally, expand your network, and contribute to the collective voice for emergency mental health.
University of Northern Colorado Educational Psychology Society The UNC EPS is the official organization for UNC Ed Psych graduate students and exists to foster the scholarly discussion, study, and application of critical issues related to Ed Psych. The goals of EPS are to offer opportunities for professional development, promote an interest in and commitment to research and teaching, provide a network by which members can be informed of funding opportunities, resources and upcoming research, and community service.
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Colorado Psychiatric Society The CPS is an influential association of physicians dedicated to promoting excellence in psychiatric care through advocacy, education, and research. As a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, CPS represents around 450 psychiatrists statewide, each having completed medical school and psychiatric residencies. CPS takes pride in being the sole organization actively working on behalf of members, patients, and professional interests. Through legislative efforts, personalized assistance, educational seminars, leadership opportunities, and informative communications, CPS empowers its members and advances the field of psychiatry in the State.
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Colorado Counseling Association The CCA is an organization of mental health professionals and students who work in education, health care, residential, private practice, community agencies, government and business/industry settings. Our vision is devoted to professional development and maintenance of high standards for those involved in the field for the dynamic network of mental health professionals in the State. Our mission is to promote the counseling profession through legislative advocacy, education resources, and outreach to future leaders in our field.
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Rocky Mountain Psychological Association RMPA was founded in 1930 for the purpose of advancing psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare in the States of Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. During April of each year a convention is held at various locations throughout the region at which scientific papers, posters and symposia are presented. RMPA remains an advocate throughout all phases of professional development by the dissemination of scientific and professional ideas.
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Denver Psychoanalytic Society The DPS is a multi-faceted organization whose goals include advancing professional education through sponsoring and sharing research on psychoanalysis and related disciplines. Our time, energy and resources typically concentrate on community outreach, particularly in the areas of education, consultation and clinical services. We also offer lectures, seminars, films and other programs to promote the understanding of psychoanalysis. Our mission is to support the diversity of psychoanalytic perspectives including: psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapies, and to encourage creative learning and professional development for all participants.
Colorado Society of School Psychologists The CSSP is committed to empowering school psychologists in their crucial role of meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of children and youth throughout the State. Recognizing their distinctive position within the educational landscape, CSSP values the integration of research-based educational and psychological practices. Equipped with exceptional collaboration skills, school psychologists serve as catalysts for educational change, providing invaluable leadership to foster positive transformation in schools and enhance the well-being of students.
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Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health COAIMH is a statewide membership organization run by staff and volunteers who work to promote education and research related to infant and early childhood mental health and, facilitate networking and cooperation among those concerned with the optimal development of infants and infant-caregiver relationships. We also strive to advocate for use of scientifically-based programs of care, intervention, and prevention of mental impairment in infancy and support local and state policies that promote family and infant mental health.
Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis The FCAB is an independent, non-profit, professional organization affiliated with the Association for Behavior Analysis International, an organization dedicated to promoting the experimental, theoretical, and applied analyses of behavior. Our members reside, teach, conduct research and practice primarily in the Four Corners region of the United States (AZ, CO, NM, UT).
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Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis COABA is a nonprofit professional membership association devoted to serving the needs of behavior analysts in the state and disseminating information about behavior analysis to the public. Our mission is to advance the awareness, development, and access to the science and practice of behavior analysis by publishing and disseminating information; informing political, legislative, and policy-making bodies; organizing presentations; and encouraging the understanding of behavior analysis. We also support the implementation of behavioral procedures and serve as a professional reference group for behavior analysts.
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Colorado Psychological Association of Graduate Students COPAGS, founded in 2014, is the student branch of the CPA. We represent your needs to CPA as a whole, and we work to offer opportunities for professional growth and development to our members. Being a member of COPAGS brings you additional benefits above and beyond being a member of CPA. We offer networking and social events every year to help build connections between the many psychology programs in the State. We also help new students get acclimated with graduate programs, as we have experienced how difficult of a transition this can be.
Colorado Bilingual School Mental Health Network The CBSMHN advocates for the mental health and special education needs of bilingual students in the school system, provides professional development related to best practices with bilingual students, and facilitates networking for school professional working with bilingual students in the State.
Colorado Psychology Internship Consortium CO-PIC aims to prepare and retain psychologists to provide high quality behavioral health care for people in the state and offers a one-year, full-time doctoral internship beginning and ending in July each year. The Consortium is comprised of five sites across Colorado: three sites in Eagle County and two sites in the Denver Metro Area. CO-PIC sites vary in regards to populations served and include: crisis response, trauma-focused care, integrated primary care, school-based, sports psychology, and first responders.
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