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MA in Marriage & Family Counseling

MA in Marriage & Family Counseling

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
  • Graduate assistantships available
  • Program Accreditation: CACREP

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.

Residential Format

16-week classroom instructional format

Credit Hours

60 credit hours

Program of Study

Marriage & Family Counseling (M.A.)
M.A. Marriage and Family Counseling Residential Handbook (PDF)

Admissions Requirements

Find M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling admissions requirements.

Courses You Could Take

  • Orientation to Professional Identity and Function (COUC 500)
  • Marriage and Family Counseling I (COUC 601)
  • Premarital and Marital Counseling (COUC 603)
  • Counseling Children, Adolescents, and their Families (COUC 620)

M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling

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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