Master of Arts
Marriage & Family Counseling

Purpose

The Marriage and Family Counseling concentration prepares students to fulfill their professional goals that include an in-depth understanding of marriage and family relationships and developing the skills to rebuild marriages and families that are in need. The student will be trained academically and practically to counsel the person in order to rebuild and restore their marriage and family relationships.

 

Program Design

The MA program is designed for the adult learner who is employed full-time or in full-time ministry. Courses are offered with multiple scheduling options available.

Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate marriage and family theory and use formal measurements to accurately assess human relationships, gender, sexuality, and communication in the context of marriage and family therapy.
  • Develop clinical skills necessary to conduct marriage and family therapy.
  • Integrate specific knowledge and skill necessary to counsel effectively those with various diagnoses, vocational need, and diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Conduct critical thinking skills to evaluate theory and practice from a biblical perspective.
  • Synthesize information and knowledge by means of supervised counseling experiences.
  • Acquire sufficient knowledge of scientific research and literature to be prepared to investigate specific areas of need in marriage and family counseling.

Counseling Certification

Students may choose to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor credential from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and/or Counseling Certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors. After earning the 48 credit masters degree students may take an additional 12 credits of graduate course work, pass the National Counselor Exam and meet the required supervised hours of clinical counseling experience in order to be eligible for licensure. More information is available from the student's program advisor.

Admission Requirements

  • A growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcript of undergraduate studies with GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Major in Bible or completion of biblical foundation courses
  • Autobiographical essay
  • Two reference forms
  • Completed application and fee
  • Interview with faculty