Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (M.A.)

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The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling is a 60-hour graduate level residential program designed to meet the Virginia requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). The faculty provide quality professional training for those seeking licensure as marriage and family counselors from a faith-based perspective. Our mission is to produce ethically and spiritually aware marriage and family counselors who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of individual, couples, and family clients across diverse populations. Our mission is achieved in significant measure through offering rigorous academic programs, dynamic interaction with mentors and faculty, and carefully structured practica and internships.


Admissions

Requirements

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  • $50 application fee (beginning Fall 2016, the application fee will be deferred and assessed during Financial Check-In)
  • Regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission.
    • Official College Transcripts (must be mailed directly from your college to Liberty University in an official, sealed envelope or sent via an official electronic sending service such as E-Script, Parchment, National Clearinghouse, etc.)

    • If you would like for Liberty University to request that your college transcripts be submitted and do not have a current balance at your university, please complete the Transcript Request Form (for domestic students only).
  • Official GRE or MAT Test Scores (Must be within 5 years)
    • Recommended test scores:
      • GRE: Current GRE, 150 Verbal Reasoning, 150 Quantitative Reasoning, 3.5 Analytical Writing. Former GRE: 1000 total.
      • MAT: 375 Minimum (must also submit GRE Analytical Writing scores)
  • Applicants who have between a 3.0 – 3.25 undergraduate GPA are required to submit a GRE or MAT test scores.
  • Students who are using master's level coursework to meet the 3.0 GPA requirement for admission into the program are not required to submit GRE or MAT test scores.
  • Two Letters of Recommendations (complete through provided link)
    • As a part of the application process, we require two letters of recommendation from professional sources (i.e., not family/friends). These individuals should be qualified to address the applicant's ability to complete the graduate level work, disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation and ethics. Some examples of individuals that may be suitable include professors, employers, or leaders in an organization where the applicant volunteers.
  • Personal Statement
    • The personal statement should be 1,000-1,750 words addressing past experiences, future goals in the field of Marriage and Family Counseling, and personal qualities that will enable the individual to be an effective counselor.
  • Undergraduate prerequisites (can be taken after admission)
    • 6 credit hours in Counseling, Psychology, or a closely related field
    • 3 credit hours in Statistics (can be MATH 201)
  • Self-Certification Form (for students in the final term of their bachelor's degree)
  • Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a Graduation Application through their ASIST Account.
  • Additional admission requirements for international students

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling degree program is designed to lead to professional licensure as outlined by individual state boards of counseling, however, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding licensure for their particular state.

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