M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling

The Master in 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. This CACREP-accredited program combines the study of theories and models of family systems and dynamics, techniques and interventions of marriage, couple and family counseling, hands-on clinical fieldwork and a Christ-centered perspective needed for a position in this field.

  • Integrate systematic research and theories that encourage real self-awareness and understanding of family systems and dynamics.
  • Apply techniques and interventions to treat individuals, couples, and families from a systems perspective.  
  • Prepare for real-world clinical practice in community agency and settings.

Career Opportunities:

  • Public Agencies
  • Private Practices
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Church Counseling Centers

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Delivery Format: On Campus | Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 60

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines:*

  • Fall: July 1 | Spring: December 1

*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.

Prerequisites:

Master's applicants must:

  • Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Desirable degrees include those in counseling, psychology or related human behavioral fields. Other degree fields will also be considered.
  • Have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA for all undergraduate coursework.

Application Process:

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 apply@regent.edu 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 apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces.

Step 6: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

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.)

  • The applicant has an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited college or university
  • The applicant has completed another master's degree at Regent University with at least a 3.5 GPA
  • The applicant has at least 10 years of professional work experience AND a GPA of 3.5 or higher from their last completed degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

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 psycounadmissions@regent.edu, 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

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

Technology Fee               

$300

Parking Fee (on-campus students)

$100

Council of Graduate Students Fee                           
(on-campus students, spring & fall only)

$15

*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:

1.) Transportation

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:

  • The applicant has an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • The applicant has completed another master's degree at Regent University with at least a 3.5 GPA.
  • The applicant has at least 10 years of professional work experience AND a GPA of 3.5 or higher from their last completed degree.

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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