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online Msc degree

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

online Msc degree

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

Master's degree

36 months

Approximate Program Length

60

Total Credits

$698

Cost per Credit

Online

Format

Start when you're ready

Register by: Apr 26, 2023

Learn how to work with diverse clients in various clinical environments, such as private practice, hospitals, schools, non-profit organizations, and public or private mental health agencies. Help clients achieve their goals through the application of skills to support individuals, children, families, couples, and groups. Courses in this program are aligned to California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) educational requirements.

  • Professionalism

  • Diversity

  • Human Development

  • Career Counseling

  • Psychotherapy

  • Group Dynamics

  • Clinical Assessments

  • Research

  • Marriage and Family Therapy

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A degree built around skills employers want

We know what skills employers want, because we did our homework.

We worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills with our program to ensure you have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in your coursework.

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Skills-aligned program

Courses

Courses

1

Course at a time

6

Weeks per course

Admissions Course

To be admitted into the program students must successfully complete MFCC/502, Graduate Portfolio I.

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for the Master of Science in Counseling/Marriage, Family.

What you'll learn

When you earn your online Master of Science in Counseling/Marriage, Family and Child Therapy degree you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.

You'll learn how to:

  • Develop a professional identity as an advocate and steward for the counseling profession. 
  • Integrate social and cultural diversity competencies into their practice as a mental health professional
  • Integrate human growth and development theories and principles into their clinical practice.  
  • Integrate career development theories and principles into their clinical practices. 
  • Integrate counseling theories, models, and techniques into their clinical practices. 
  • Integrate group counseling theories and practices into their clinical practices. 
  • Execute assessment and testing processes and procedures to guide their clinical practice
  • Evaluate research and programs to inform professional practice Integrate theories, principles, and methods of marital and family systems approaches into their clinical practice

Program Purpose Statement

The Master of Science in Counseling/Marriage, Family and Child Therapy program prepares you for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in jurisdictions where it is offered. In order to practice as a counselor in most states, you must be licensed as a MFT (marriage and family therapist), LPC (licensed professional counselor), or other comparable state professional license designation. License requirements vary by state. Stay updated on the licensure requirements in any state in which you desire to practice. Review state licensure requirements.

California

The Master of Science in Counseling/ Marriage, Family and Child Therapy degree program meets the California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) educational requirements for registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC). Upon successful completion of all educational requirements and required postgraduate supervised clinical hours, graduates are eligible to sit for the LMFT and LPCC licensure exams in California. Review state licensure requirements.

Careers & Outcomes

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Science in Counseling/Marriage, Family Clinical Therapy?

An MSC/MFCT can prepare you for:

  • Counselor 
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

14%

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for marriage and family therapists (MFTs) is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031.

BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Tuition

Tuition

Paying for school

Tuition Guarantee

Affordable, Fixed Tuition

$698

Cost per credit

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Up to $1 million a month in available scholarships

Our scholarships aren’t just for the chosen few. We’ll help you understand which scholarships you may qualify for, worth up to $3,000.

Enrollment representatives are ready to help

Need some help?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Accreditation & Faculty

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic Accreditation

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

real-world faculty

28

Average years of industry experience

125

Counselors
 

85%

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

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*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.