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Explore Regent's online master's in psychology – marriage and family program.

M.S. in Psychology – Marriage & Family

Master Tools That Build Stronger Relationships

A backbone of society is the family structure. Are you called to fortify it? Through the Master of Science in Psychology – Marriage & Family program, you will study principles that help build healthy relationships and improve family units. Using a scientific approach, expand your understanding of behavioral healthcare and issues associated with this specialized discipline, such as marriage enrichment, adolescents, human sexuality, blended families, divorce and remarriage.

January 11, 2021
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Become a Field Expert

Explore training techniques that help diagnose individuals, couples and families in diverse settings.

Strengthen Your Network

Work closely with respected psychology faculty, and study among like-minded peers committed to helping you develop professionally and personally.

Build a Career That Change Lives

This critical degree positions you for tremendous societal impact and increased earning potential.

Presented from a Christian worldview, this online concentration is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach, Virginia and beyond.

Regent University Ranked #18 of Top 30 Affordable Online Master's in Psychology Degree Programs for 2020 | Top Counseling Schools

Upon completion of the M.S. in Psychology – Marriage & Family degree, you will be able to:

  • Learn training and treatment techniques from a multicultural focus aimed at addressing the family unit.
  • Examine topics on systems theory, life span dynamics and selected issues associated with marriage counseling.
  • Immerse in a gateway to study at the doctoral level in basic science or applied psychology.

Career Opportunities

  • Marriage & Family Counselor (nonlicensure)
  • Leadership Coach
  • Organizational Consultant
  • Nonprofit Mental Health Director

A survey and experiential application of interviewing, reflective listening and helping skills. Techniques and practices derived from professional counseling and other human service fields will be covered with an emphasis on demonstrations, modeling, practice and evaluation. Cross-listed with PAC 524.

Overview of various marriage and adult relationships. In depth analysis of one’s own marriage and/or family of origin will facilitate deeper understanding. Examine topics on systems theory, life span dynamics, and selected issues associated with marriage counseling such as premarital counseling, marriage enrichment, human sexuality, and divorce/remarriage. Presents a multicultural focus as it pertains to marriage, adult relationships and ministry. Cross-listed with MHPS 624 and PAC 544.

Explores family systems and related relational dynamics to understand problems and interventions aimed at addressing the family unit from a treatment perspective. Presents a multicultural/diversity focus as it relates to families. Cross-listed with MHPS 645.

Overview of various child, adolescent, and parental relationships and the theological considerations in addressing these relationships. Examines developmentally appropriate approaches and effective strategies for counseling children and adolescents in both individual and group settings as well as topics relating to systems theory, the family life cycle, parenting, blended families, and resources to aid the family. Relevant ethical and legal considerations also discussed. Presents a multicultural focus as it pertains to children adolescents, and ministry. Cross-listed with MHPS 646.

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.


Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21


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 2.75 GPA for all undergraduate coursework (3.0 preferred).

Application Process:

The Admissions Committee may require a brief Admissions Interview on a case-by-case basis. Interviews are conducted over the phone or Skype with one of our Admissions staff and/or SPC faculty members and typically take 20 minutes.

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: 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 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 4: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire

Step 5: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to with the subject line: Government ID.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or email, 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.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.S. in Psychology

$675 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.S. in Psychology

$675 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

“I choose Regent for its professional thoughtful and approach to education, but what shaped me was the mentoring faculty and my cohort experience.”

Chris Hull, Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision, 2009 Head of Graduate Counseling, John Brown University; Board of Directors Chair, CACREP

“"God ordained all the circumstances, and I simply made the step of faith to follow."”

Marina Kuzmina, M.A. in Counseling, 2010 Community Counseling

“As a Navy chaplain, I appreciated how Regent's master’s program integrated the best of science with faith and how it was designed with the flexibility I needed.”

Rob Hess, M.S. in Psychology, 2019 Chaplain, U.S. Navy

“If you are focused, determined, willing to put in the work and make sacrifices, anyone can do this. I give all praise to God. Keep going no matter what.”

Antonio Tuck, M.A. in Counseling, 2020 Human Services Professional

“I am extremely grateful for the excellent education that Regent provides through the School of Psychology & Counseling.”

Trina Young Greer, Psy.D. in Counseling, 2000 Owner & Executive Director of Genesis Counseling Center