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MS in Professional Counseling - Marriage & Family Therapy

Students in Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling - Marriage and Family Therapy program can learn about family systems theory and therapeutic practices to prepare for a career in this counseling specialty. Learn more about this degree below.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

At Grand Canyon University, applicants to the Master of Science in Professional Counseling - Marriage and Family Therapy program may benefit from having taken coursework in psychology; a passion for helping people is also a plus. Prospective students must also hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and have maintained at least a 2.8 GPA. If your GPA is lower than this, you need a score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or a 300 combined verbal/quantitative on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Programs at GCU may have additional admissions requirements; please contact the university for updated information.

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Professional Counseling - Marriage and Family Therapy program from Grand Canyon University is designed to teach students about the complex issues at play in relationships between members of a family so they can counsel couples and families in a professional setting. Topics of instruction include how to identify, talk about, and resolve issues between married couples as well as how to help children and parents communicate better. Coursework in this program also breaks down the effects of addictive disorders and substance abuse on the family unit. To complete degree requirements, students have the opportunity to complete supervised fieldwork and two internship experiences.

Learning Format:

Online and evening

Program Length:

74 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy:

There are 74 credit hours in the Master of Science in Professional Counseling - Marriage and Family Therapy. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program. Required courses include:

Program Core Courses (74 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Counseling
  • Professional Counseling, Ethical, and Legal Considerations
  • Theories and Models of Counseling
  • Substance Use Disorders and Addictions
  • Counseling Skills
  • Counseling the Culturally Diverse
  • Group Counseling
  • Principles of Psychopharmacology
  • Human Sexuality and Issues of Aging
  • Lifespan and Development
  • Counseling Couples and Families
  • Abuse, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling
  • Assessment, Tests, and Measurements
  • Career Counseling
  • Research Methods and Program Evaluation
  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • Psychopathology
  • Assessment of Mental and Emotional Health Status
  • Advanced Family Systems Theory
  • Couples and Family Dynamics: Systemic Perspectives
  • Diversity in Family Systems
  • Family Systems and Addictive Disorders
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Counseling Internship I
  • Counseling Internship II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

The Master of Science in Professional Counseling - Marriage and Family Therapy can prepare students for a variety of doctoral and post-master's certificate programs. Some advanced degrees graduates might want to pursue include:

  • Post-Master of Science in Counseling Certificate in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy

Career Paths:

The Master of Science in Professional Counseling - Marriage and Family Therapy program is designed to equip graduates with the skills needed to work with families and couples in a professional environment, whether it's in a clinic or a private practice. A graduate might be able to:

  • Open a private practice and build a client base
  • Work for a group practice that provides counseling services
  • Work for an educational institution
  • Work in a family services agency

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