Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling Degree

Bachelor’s + Master’s Program (BA/MA)


150 Bachelor/Master

Completion Time tooltip-icon

5 Years

Delivery Method

Traditional On Campus, Lancaster

Study Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling at LBC | Capital

All families struggle. Learn how to support them in their times of need.

LBC’s marriage, couple and family counseling degree gives students a deep understanding of marriage and family issues – and equips them to address them head-on.

Throughout our masters in marriage, couple and family counseling program, students examine their own personal experiences and expectations, study the role and importance of marriage and family from a biblical perspective and learn the fundamental skills of effective counseling and therapy. At LBC, you’ll learn how to become a counselor rooted in the truth of Scripture. This unique, 5-year track program allows highly motivated students to build their knowledge and skills in professional counseling, allows them to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling in an accelerated fashion and prepares them for state licensure.

Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Where LBC Students Have Interned

  • Church Counseling Center Intern
  • Private Practice Intern
  • Parachurch Organization Intern

License & Certification Information

Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy

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Bachelor's Program Scope

Biblical Studies (BA)/Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA) (150 Credits)

Bible & Theology Core 43 Credits

Arts & Sciences Core 37 Credits

Counseling Core 70 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

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Program Distinctive - What makes this program at LBC unique?
  • You can receive both undergraduate and graduate degrees in just five years.
  • Students who graduate from the program will be prepared for professional licensure.
  • You’ll learn and study under experienced Christian professionals who actively work as counselors and therapists.
  • Earn your MFT degree from an accredited Bible college.
Career Paths

The Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling BA/MA degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Clinical Case Manager
  • Counseling Pastor
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Professional Counselor
Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Recognize the history, development, legislation, government policy, ethics, and professional identity development of counselors within the field of clinical mental health counseling.
  • Evaluate theories, models, techniques, interventions related to clinical mental health counseling, and treatment of a broad range of mental health issues from a biblical perspective.
  • Learn the application of theories and models in developing case conceptualization, etiology, treatment planning, diagnostic process, referral, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
  • Comprehend the administration, interpretation, and application of psychological tests and assessments specific to clinical mental health counseling.
  • Develop an understanding of scholarly literature and its application within Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
  • Enhance clinical and administrative skills necessary to conduct competent cultural treatment at various mental health service delivery modalities within the continuum of care.
  • Understand the etiology of trauma, crisis, and addictions and develop the skills to assess its impact on biological, psychological, and neurological mechanisms of mental health.
  • Acquire an understanding of ethical principles and application to prospective clinical situations that reflect an open and collaborative approach to resolve legal and ethical dilemmas.
  • Synthesize information and knowledge into practice through supervised counseling experiences.
  • Understand the classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications for appropriate medical referral and consultation.
Core Courses for a Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling Student
  • PSY 122 Group Experience & Psychotherapy
  • PSY 143 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSY 351 Therapy Lab
  • PSY 415 Practicum
  • CPS 501 Orientation to Professional Counseling Identity, Function, and Ethics
  • CPS 505 Research & Program Evaluation
  • CPS 508 Counseling Skills in Helping Relationships
  • CPS 510 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • CPS 515 Counseling Theory & Techniques
  • CPS 525 Assessment Techniques in Counseling I
  • CPS 530 Professional Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy Casework
  • CPS 531 Psychopathology & Counseling
  • CPS 540 Marriage Counseling
  • CPS 541 Group Counseling Leadership Skills
  • CPS 550 Family Counseling
  • CPS 572 Counseling Addictions
  • CPS 575 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • CPS 583 Multicultural Foundations of Counseling
  • CPS 588 Career & Lifestyle Development
  • CPS 601 Professional Counseling Practicum
  • CPS 602 Professional Counseling Internship I
  • CPS 603 Counseling Internship II
  • CPS Electives

Meet the Faculty

Day Butcher, EdD
Assistant Professor
Jon Shacklett, MA
Assistant Professor

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