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Master of Science in Marriage & Family Counseling

As one of the fastest-growing fields in the country, marriage and family therapy is an excellent choice for those with a passion for maintaining healthy marriages and family relationships. Earn the necessary credentials to become a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Florida.Our 63 credit hour evening program, designed with working professionals in mind, will prepare you to become a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Florida. You will gain valuable hands-on experience through placements at real-world practicum and internship sites. You will learn theories, principles and skills essential for effective counseling within various marital and family relationships; all through the lens of a Christian worldview.

Gain valuable hands-on experience through an internship, where you will apply acquired skills and techniques to actual counseling situations.

Program Details

48 hours of major core
15 hours of experiential courses
Total credit hours — 63

Cost per credit hour — $525
Estimated total tuition cost — $31,500

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

Complete syllabi for any course available upon request of department staff/faculty.

  • Professional Ethics (PCOU 5073) — This course examines goals and objectives of professional organizations, codes of ethics, legal considerations, standards of preparation, certification, licensing, role identity of counselors and other personnel service specialists, and fee structures and impact of fees on the counseling relationship.
  • Dynamics of Marriage and Family Systems (PCOU 5193) — This course introduces the student to systemic knowledge and thought, focusing on the development of marriage and family therapy as a profession and on the interactive dynamics of the living social systems of marriage and family as explained by a number of the tenets of General Systems Theory.
  • Family Therapy Theories and Techniques (PCOU 5223) — This course examines the issues of family counseling. The focus of this course is on the theories and practices of family counseling; identification of family structures and communication patterns; the development of treatment plans; and identification of the ethical, legal and professional issues related to family counseling.
  • Marriage Counseling Theories and Techniques (PCOU 5233) — This course examines the issues of marriage counseling. The focus of this course is on the theories and practices of marriage counseling; identification of family roles, structures and communication patterns; the development of treatment plans; and identification of the ethical, legal and professional issues related to marriage counseling.

The Master of Science programs in Professional Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling at Southeastern University strive to:

  1. Educate and train students from a Christian worldview that is grounded in, informed by, and shaped by the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith.
  2. Prepare and train competent mental health counselors, school counselors, and marriage and family therapists to work with individuals, couples, families, groups, agencies and organizations from an appropriately diverse clinical perspective.
  3. Intentionally integrate theology and counseling in the process of education and training, emphasizing a balanced approach to emotional, social, spiritual, personal, and professional growth and development.

Foundations of Counseling

Counseling Theories and Practice

Research Methods

Group Theory and Counseling

Human Growth and Development

Professional Ethics

Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment

Human Sexuality

Individual Evaluation and Assessment

Counseling Special Populations and Groups

Career and Lifestyle Development

Substance Abuse Counseling

Integration of Psychology and Theology

Dynamics of Marriage and Family Systems

Family Therapy Theories and Techniques

Marriage Counseling Theories and Techniques

Counseling Practicum I and II

Internship I and II