Admission Requirements

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

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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)
    • 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 (Not required for students with an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.25). Must be within 5 years.
    • 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)
  • Two Letters of Recommendations
    • Two professional or academic recommendations from professional sources (i.e. not family/friends. All should be obtained from individuals qualified to address the applicant's ability to complete graduate level work, disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation, and ethics. 
  • Personal Statement and Letter of Intent
    • 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.
    • In 350 words or more, describe your professional goals, how your interests and goals match the goals and mission of the department, and what you hope to gain from graduate study. The letter of intent should include your reasons for seeking admission to the Marriage and Family Counseling program at Liberty University.
  • 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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