The Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling is an online or on-campus degree that will equip you for a fulfilling career in counseling by preparing you to sit, in most states, for the marriage and family therapy licensing examination. Combining the study of progressive counseling techniques and theories, hands-on clinical fieldwork and a Christ-centered perspective, you will gain professional development that is second-to-none.
Delivery Format: On Campus | Online w/Residency
Total Credit Hours Required: 60
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Introductory course to the counseling profession. This course covers essential elements of the counseling profession including (a) history and philosophy, (b) professional roles, self-care and worldview, (c) relationships with other helping professionals including the role of supervision and consultation, (d) credentialing and professional organizations, (e) practice within various professional settings. Prerequisite: Take concurrently with COUN 521.
The first of two courses that focuses on the experiential application of the theories courses and practice of basic counseling skills and techniques. Meet weekly in a group to critique video-taped experience of basic counseling skills and techniques. Prerequisite: Take concurrently with COUN 500. (Pass/No Pass grading).
*Online students must take COUN 596A and COUN 521 concurrently.
Sequel to COUN 521 to move on to more advanced counseling skills and techniques, which are videotaped. Involves a field experience in a mental health or school setting. On-site experience includes observing professionals as they function, as well as developing primary level mental health service provision skills. Continue to meet in weekly small groups to critique your application of counseling skills. Prerequisites: for counseling students COUN 500, COUN 521, COUN 526, COUN 538, COUN 545, COUN 554, COUN 561, COUN 570, and either COUN 516, COUN 546 or 562. (Pass/No Pass).
Provides an understanding, demonstration and application of various models and techniques for working with married and non-married couples. Prerequisite: COUN 545 or concurrent. Cross-listed with CES 746.
Conceptual and practical overview of group counseling including the role of group leadership; tools for forming a group and orienting members; and catalysts for interaction skills for conducting and evaluating counseling/therapy groups. Emphasis will be given to leadership techniques used at different stages in the life of a group, as well as ethical issues. Participate in a small group to promote self-awareness, interpersonal skills and an understanding of group skills and techniques. Prerequisite: COUN 500, COUN 521, and COUN 526.
**Online students must take COUN 596B and COUN 554 concurrently.
Culminating seminar that presents comprehensive concepts of ethical, legal, moral and spiritual issues in counseling. Relevant case studies form a basis for discussion. Prerequisites: for counseling students COUN 521, COUN 554 or concurrent.
In this exploding age of information, it is the objective of the library faculty to prepare graduates to be on the cutting edge of information technology. Information literacy is the ability to effectively access information for problem solving and decision making; thus, the knowledge and abilities you glean from this course will open doors to lifelong learning. It is imperative for graduate study research. Since the information learned in this course is a vital foundation for all other coursework, its completion is required within the first semester of study. The course takes approximately 10 hours to complete.
*Spring 2017 Online Cohort Full
Important Note: If admitted to an online program, you will be required to attend and successfully complete two one-week residencies during the course of the program. Students have the option of attending residency in January or August. Students wanting to pursue the accelerated pace will need to attend both the January and August residency their first year.
Master's applicants must:
Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.
Step 2: Application Fee
Option 1: Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Psychology & Counseling on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee. Please note that application fees paid prior to attending an online or on-campus information session cannot be refunded.
Step 3: Personal Goals Statement
Submit a personal goals statement demonstrating an interest in counseling. Please email to the Admissions Office at email@example.com using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces.
Step 4: Writing Sample
The admissions committee will evaluate a standardized writing sample for all applicants. Once your online application is complete you can submit the required writing sample through the ETS Criterion Service. This will be an online, timed essay prompt with a pre-determined topic. Applicants will receive immediate feedback on the essay from the ETS Criterion Service and the scores will be sent directly to the SPC Admissions Office. Read detailed instructions.
Step 5: Résumé
Submit a professional résumé or curriculum vitae to include three references with contact information. References should be able to address questions related to character, as well as your interpersonal and relational skills. Please email to the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces.
Step 6: Transcripts
Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to email@example.com using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces.
* Please be aware that there are certain institutions from which we cannot request transcripts, including international institutions. You will be notified if we are unable to request your transcript.
Step 7: Official Test Scores
Submit either official GRE or MAT scores. Waivers are only considered in the following instances: (Please keep in mind waivers are only considered for master's program applicants.)
GRE: Graduate Record Exam-General Test
The School of Psychology & Counseling does not require the Psychology Subject Test. For more information about the GRE, you can contact: GRE (Educational Testing Service), Princeton, NJ 08541, 609.771.7670 / 866.473.4373, www.ets.org/gre/
MAT: Miller Analogies Test
To learn more about the MAT, visit www.milleranalogies.com/.
Average test scores of admitted students: GRE 152 - Verbal and 141 - Quantitative (revised score scale). MAT - 400. These are averages based on the scores of enrolled students over the last three years.
Step 8: Pre-Admission Workshop
A pre-admission workshop completes the application process prior to submitting your file to the admissions committee for their review. These required workshops are conducted online, and you must have both a webcam and microphone to participate. Your admissions counselor will provide information regarding workshop days/times for you to register once your file is complete.
International student applicants should allow at least 4-6 weeks for an admission decision to be made once the applicant has submitted all required documents to the appropriate offices and has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.
Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, should you have any further questions about the application process.
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.
M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling $710 per semester hour
Cost Per Semester
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*Rates are subject to change at any time.
2017 Residency Dates
January 8-13, 2017
August 6-11, 2017
Online students in the Master's Program in Counseling are required to participate in two stimulating and instructional residency requirements. Each residency will be one-week long and will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Eastern Time).
The online format of the Counseling program challenges students and faculty alike to find alternative ways to create the personal interaction and connectivity that often develops in the traditional face-to-face classroom course. Residency is where our class members meet and build relationships with one another, with faculty and with staff that may last an eternity. In addition, residencies provide wonderful networking and mentoring opportunities for students with faculty and peers. These face-to-face interactions facilitate discussions with faculty concerning relevant issues, course matriculation, licensure issues and state/national exams.
During residency, students will begin a course that will be completed during the remainder of the fall semester. In addition, first year students will receive an orientation to Regent University and participate in helpful sessions on graduate-level writing and online learning technology. Some students consider bringing their families with them during the residency, but this is generally discouraged. Students' daily schedules during the residency are occupied with many activities that they are required to attend. The coursework is intensive and requires a considerable amount of study and preparation time, and students typically do not find the residency period conducive to being able to spend time with their families.
Students should consider the following residency costs:
2.) Textbooks purchased prior to residency
3.) Hotel accommodations and some food costs
The School of Psychology & Counseling usually provides lunch and two breaks each day when courses are in session. Students must make their own travel, lodging and other meal arrangements, but the school assists with information on these.
The counseling program is committed to helping our students work through and with this groundbreaking master's degree program in which a community of scholars is created among faculty mentors and students. Regent University mirrors this effort by the utilization of intensive on-campus residencies and a variety of interaction discussion modes that extend beyond this course discourse. In view of this goal, the waiving of residency requirements will not be considered.
1. Is the GRE required if I already have a master's degree or am enrolled in a master's program?
The master’s level programs require an entrance exam from either the GRE or the MAT. Waivers are only considered in the following instances:
2. Am I required to attend full time or may I go at my own pace?
Students may select from one of three progressions that allows them to take classes at a pace that works best for their own personal and professional schedules.
3. How many hours do you recommend a master's student work per week?
Due to the number of hours you will be spending in and out of class studying, we suggest you work no more than 20 hours per week. There are a number of part-time graduate assistant positions available every semester at the university that allow for flexible schedules.
4. I didn't major in psychology at the undergraduate level, what do I need to do to make up for this?
We do not require applicants to have majored in psychology at the undergraduate level. We do feel, however, that it is beneficial for applicants to have at least nine credit hours of psychology-related coursework. If you did not major or at least minor in psychology at the undergraduate level, you may want to consider taking additional undergraduate courses. Again, this is not a prerequisite for admission. Recommended courses include: Intro to Psychology, Research Methods/ Statistics, Personality Theory, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Test & Measurements, Social Psychology and Physiological Psychology.
5. How many applicants do you have each year and how many applicants are admitted?
Each year we admit and enroll about 60 students into the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and 20 in the Human Services Counseling program. Last year we received over 300 applications.
6. What is the average age of the students?
The average age of the entering class of master's student in the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is 34. The average age of the entering class of the master's students in the Human Services Counseling program is 40.
7. What is the path for licensure for graduates from your program?
Licensure is different in each state. However, the general standard for licensure is completion of a 60 credit hour M.A. in Counseling with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Guidance Counseling or Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling. Two years of supervision (post-degree) and a state licensure exam is what most states require to become licensed as a professional counselor or its equivalent. School guidance counseling licensure or certification is determined by the Board of Education in most states — usually an M.A. in Counseling in School Guidance is sufficient. Students should examine the requirements for licensure in the state or states they would like to practice in the future.
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