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Department of Counseling

Marriage & Family Counseling, M.S.

The master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at Mississippi College prepares students for careers as family-focused practitioners.

Master Compassionate Counseling for The Family

The Marriage and Family Counseling master’s degree program will equip you with the skills needed to help couples and families navigate common challenges as well as more complex relationship issues that occur within the family system.

Innovative Instruction in Marriage and Family Counseling

The mission of the Marriage and Family Counseling Program is to help students acquire core competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as marriage and family counselors.

Students participating in play therapy

Students participating in the Marriage and Family Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in work with couples and families, and other members of the behavioral healthcare and ministry teams in church, agency, hospital, and other marriage and family treatment settings. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites. 

The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Completion of the program will assist graduates in making application for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), as well as National Counseling Certification. 

Marriage and Family Counseling Masters Degree Course Requirements

Tier I – Pre-practicum (courses must be taken prior to Practicum)
Tier II – Pre-Internship I (courses must be taken prior to Internship I)
Tier III – Pre-Internship II (courses must be taken prior to Internship II)
Tier IV – Pre-graduation (courses must be taken prior to graduation)
CC - Core Courses: (courses must be taken prior CPCE)

Tier

CC

 

TITLE

HOURS

Tier I

CC

COU 6501

Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling

       3

Tier I

CC

COU 6502

Theories of Personality and Counseling (cross-listed with PSY 6502)

       3

Tier I

CC

COU 6506

Multicultural Counseling (cross-listed with PSY 6506)

       3

Tier I

 

COU 6670

Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, and Knowledge and Skills of Marriage and Family Counseling

       3

Tier I

CC

COU 6515 

Lifespan Development (cross-listed with PSY 6515)

3

Prerequisites for COU 6503: COU 6501,  6502, 6506, 6670, 6515

Tier I

CC

COU 6661

Use and Interpretation of Tests (cross-listed with PSY 6661)

3

Tier I

CC

COU 6503

Helping Relationships (Methods and Techniques in Counseling)

3

Tier II

CC

COU 6662

Techniques of Group Counseling

3

Tier II

 

COU 6663

Practicum in Counseling and Therapy (requires completion of 18 hours in practicum prerequisites including COU 6503 Helping Relationships)

CR/NC

Tier II

CC

COU 6504

Research-Methods and Procedures (cross-listed with PSY 6504)

3

Tier II/III

 

 COU 6536

 Psychopathology III – Assessment & Treatment

3

Tier III

CC

COU 6665

Lifestyle and Career Counseling

3

Tier III

 

COU 6817

Crisis Counseling (cross-listed as PSY 6817)

3

Tier III

 

COU 6701

Internship in Counseling I

CR/NC

 

Tier IV

 

COU 6702

Internship in Counseling II

CR/NC

Tier IV

 

COU 6999***

Comprehensive Exam

CR/NC

Can be taken during any semester prior to graduation

   

COU 6666

Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling

3

   

COU 6667

Addictions Counseling

3

   

COU 6808

Family Dynamics and Counseling

3

 

 

COU 6807

Couple Dynamics and Counseling

3

 

 

SPECIALIZED COURSEWORK:  3 SEMESTER HRS

TITLE

HOURS

 

 

Elective

In consultation with advisor (electives may vary each semester)

3

***COU 6999 is the exit exam course. This is not a physical or on-line class; however, you must enroll in COU 6999 and successfully complete this comprehensive exam (Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam; CPCE) 1-2 semesters prior to your expected graduation semester.

For the most up-to-date list of courses and requirements, please consult Mississippi College’s course catalog.

Marriage and Family Counseling Masters Program Admission Requirements

Our master’s program in Marriage and Family Counseling wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement and interest in the counseling profession. Applicants must have a GPA above 3.0 in their prior undergraduate work from an accredited college or university and meet the general admissions requirements for becoming a Mississippi College graduate student. 

While prospective students may apply year-round, application deadlines for the upcoming semesters are:

  • June 1 for Fall Semester
  • October 1 for Spring Semester
  • February 1 for Summer Session

Consult the detailed admissions requirements for further information on applying to our M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling. 

Please contact Mississippi College Graduate Admissions if you have any questions about the application process.

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