Master of Science in Counseling/Marriage, Family and Child Therapy

Master of Science in Counseling/Marriage, Family and Child Therapy

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Approx. program length:

3 years and 2 months



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Help your clients achieve their goals

Assess family dynamics, offer comforting insights to children in need or equip couples to communicate better. Earn a Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. In this Master of Science in Counseling program, you’ll learn to:

  • Understand clients’ needs and offer meaningful direction
  • Adapt to a variety of clients and settings
  • Develop cultural competency and sensitivity
  • Integrate legal and ethical considerations into your practice

You can complete your MSC/MFCT in a little more than three years, and you’ll take just one course at a time so you can balance life and work on the path to your degree.

Course length:

6 weeks*

* Course lengths vary

Total credits required:


Max. number of transfer credits:


Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 60 credits to complete this program. These are earned through required courses and up to three waived courses (nine credits). Three practicum courses are required for students.

Waive courses

Earn your degree faster by applying to waive eligible college courses. Contact an enrollment representative at 844.YES.UOPX for more information.

Core courses

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Graduate Portfolio I cnsl502
Multi-cultural Issues In Mental Health Counseling ccmh510
Individual And Family Development Across The Life Span ccmh504
Personality Theories And Counseling Models ccmh506
Legal And Ethical Issues In Marriage And Family Therapy mfcc551ca
Individual Counseling ccmh551
Research Methods For Mental Health Counselors ccmh525
Psychometrics ccmh535
Introduction To Clinical Assessment ccmh544
Psychopathology: Advanced Clinical Assessment ccmh548
Portfolio II cnsl556
Family Systems Theory mfcc556
Family Interventions mfcc561
Group Counseling ccmh568
Psychopharmacology/biological Basis Of Behavior ccmh521
Dependency And Addictions ccmh561
Orientation To Practicum In Marriage And Family Counseling mfcc591o
Child And Adolescent Counseling mfcc537
Career And Vocational Counseling ccmh540
Seminar In Marriage And Family Counseling mfcc567
Pre-practicum In Marriage And Family Counseling mfcc591
Practicum In Marriage And Family Counseling A mfcc599a
Practicum In Marriage And Family Counseling B mfcc599b

Projected job growth:


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for marriage and family therapists and counselors is projected to be 23 percent between 2016 and 2026. An MSC/Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy degree can help prepare you to be a:

  • Marriage and family therapist (MFT)
  • Family therapist
  • Clinical therapist
  • Counselor

Networking opportunities

Access powerful networking tools through our PhoenixLinkTM career services platform. Take advantage of personal career coaching. Search and apply for jobs, or make your resumé visible to employers. And connect with employers and alumni through career fairs and mixers. It’s all about connections. And we help you make them.

Learning outcomes

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, graduates should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your MSC/MFCT, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes.

Program purpose statement

In order to practice as a counselor in most states, the student must be licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), or other comparable state professional license designation. License requirements vary by state. It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain and meet licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice. View additional requirements for licensure by state.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance the University meets quality standards.

Institutional accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our MSC/Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy program, you can:

Prepare for exams

The MFCT program prepares you to sit for licensure exams as a licensed marriage and family therapist and/or a licensed professional clinical counselor in California.

Impact your industry

Coursework is aligned with industry standards and geared toward the best practices of the counseling profession.

Gain hands-on experience

Complete your first clinical experience during your practicum courses, applying what you’ve learned and using it to help real clients.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And, by taking one course at a time toward a Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, you’ve got the way.

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