M.A. in Human Services Counseling – Marriage & Family Shape the Future of Families


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Do you have a heart for helping people strengthen their relationships and heal past trauma? Our 100% online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Marriage and Family may be the program for you. With this degree, you can get the training you need for career advancement or prepare for new opportunities. If you want to help struggling marriages and families, this degree can help you get there.

As a Christian university, we are dedicated to training human services professionals with integrity. Our goal is to equip you to successfully apply scientific research and clinical tools in your practice. This online program prepares you to better serve clients who struggle with the challenges of life. You can learn to address their social, psychological, and spiritual needs.

The marriage and family area of study can equip you to address the many challenges of engaged and married couples, children with disabilities or behavioral issues, and other family issues. This specialization offers advanced practical training by providing real-world knowledge from experts in the field. You will examine best practices for various types of assessments used in marital and family counseling.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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Are you passionate about studying the human mind? Do you love helping people improve their lives by changing their behavior? Our online master’s degree in human services counseling can provide you with in-depth knowledge on human behavior and psychology. You can learn how to apply your knowledge as you solve specific, real-world problems in the counseling and mental health field.

The Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling provides a balance of field-tested practice and cutting-edge research in behavioral sciences. You can be confident that your approach to treatment will be backed by solid scientific study while still maintaining a biblical worldview in ethics and practice.

Do you want to transition to a non-licensed marriage and family therapist role while pursuing an advanced 100% online degree with a Christian university? The online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Marriage and Family can provide the specialized training you need. If you want to help families heal and grow together, the marriage and family area of study will train you to apply your expertise in human thought and behavior to the real-world problems that families face.

The core content of the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling provides a balanced overview of important theories in psychology. This knowledge is then applied to specific, real-world counseling practices. Students in the online master’s in human services counseling will study the development of the human mind from childhood to adulthood. They will also learn about how multicultural issues impact individual and group situations.

At Liberty University, we base this study of human thought and behavior on a Christian worldview. Our courses clearly demonstrate how these science and evidence-based practices are informed by biblical principles.

The marriage and family area of study provides an overview of marital counseling and family therapy issues and topics. You can choose to use your developed skill set to help newly engaged or married couples connect and sort through critical communication challenges. You may also choose to work with specific age groups for child development counseling or counsel women through developmental and situational crises.

Please note: The online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is not designed to fulfill clinical counseling requirements. To get more information about a licensure-track marriage and family program, please see our Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy page.

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