Liberty University

MA in Counseling - Marriage & Family Therapy

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy through Liberty University Online provides students who are seeking licensure as a therapist, with an understanding of counseling principles and strategies. Continue reading for more information about Liberty's M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

School Offering Program:

Liberty University Online

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program through LU Online must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy through LU Online is designed to prepare students to pursue licensure as a marriage and family therapist. Course curriculum provides a thorough background in individual and group counseling theories and techniques, as well as clinical practice, while emphasis is placed on the integration of faith into counseling practice. Four one-week intensives are required, as well as a three-credit-hour internship and a three-credit-hour practicum. Before applying, we encourage you to research your state's licensing requirements.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

60 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Many LU Online students receive some form of financial aid, including federal grants and loans. Liberty University also offers an experienced financial support staff to help you find scholarships.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Start dates and tuition often vary between selected programs, and financial aid opportunities are unique to each student's circumstances. to get the most up-to-date and accurate information based on your selected program and circumstances.

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Required Courses for a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy:

Required Courses

  • COUN 501: Counselor Professional Identity, Function, and Ethics (3 credits)
  • COUN 502: Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
  • COUN 503: Research and Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • COUN 504: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN 505: Counseling Techniques and the Helping Relationship (3 credits)
  • COUN 506: Integration of Psychology and Theology (3 credits)
  • COUN 507: Theology and Spirituality in Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN 510: Theories of Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN 512: Group Process (3 credits)
  • COUN 521: Individual Appraisal (3 credits)
  • COUN 522: Career Development and Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN 601: Marriage and Family Counseling I (3 credits)
  • COUN 602: Marriage and Family Counseling II OR COUN 611: Counseling Children and Their Families (3 credits)
  • COUN 603: Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN 610: Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • COUN 620: Counseling Adolescents and Their Families (3 credits)
  • COUN 646: Psychopathology and Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN 667: Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3 credits)
  • COUN 698: Practicum (3 credits)
  • COUN 699: Counseling Internship (3 credits)

Please note that degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Before applying, students should contact LU Online to confirm the most accurate program information.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

LU Online offers more than 45 accredited degrees and 100 specializations at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral level. After earning your M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, continue your education by pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (Ph.D.) from LU Online.

Related doctoral degree:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (Ph.D.)

Potential Career Paths:

Graduates of Liberty's Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program will be equipped for a career in the field of counseling.

Career Options:

  • Family Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor