Marriage and Family Counseling (M.A.)

MA in Marriage & Family Counseling

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Residential Program

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 provides 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.

  • 60-hour graduate program
  • Residential format
    • 16-week classroom instructional format
  • Graduate assistantships available
  • Program Accreditation: CACREP
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Academic Information


A 100-hour Practicum and 600-hour Internship are required. Students' fieldwork experiences must consist of work with couples, families, and individuals from a systems perspective, with the majority of the direct service clock hours occurring with couples and family units.

Courses You Could Take

  • Orientation to Professional Identity and Function (CMHC 500)
  • Theories of Counseling (CMHC 510)
  • Group Counseling (CMHC 512)
  • Marriage and Family Counseling I (CMHC 601)
  • Premarital and Marital Counseling (CMHC 603)
  • Counseling Children, Adolescents, and their Families (CMHC 620)

Program of Study

Marriage & Family Counseling (M.A.) DCP
Residential Program Handbook
Course Descriptions

Career Opportunities

  • Mental Health Agency
  • Faith-based Counseling Opportunities
  • Public or Private Practice

Comprehensive Exam

Please review the Comprehensive Exam webpage for updated information.

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