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MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Explore our CACREP-accredited online master's program.


Gain the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose mental and emotional disorders.

Our online program prepares you to:

  • Help resolve marriage and family conflicts related to divorce, mediation, child-rearing and school issues, and violence.
  • Work with families to address a range of issues, including the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma.
  • Network with expert faculty members and other doctoral students through face-to-face residencies.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: November 27th, 2017
Transfer Credits: Up to 45 credits

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Build your knowledge of mental health law and enhance your competencies in conflict management and negotiation.
Gain an understanding of military culture and lifestyle as well as how to help military personnel and their spouses and children cope with a variety of challenges.
Learn the skills and practices specific to crisis counseling for children, adolescents, couples, and families.

Course content

Walden’s MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program helps prepare you for the evolving method of evidence-based counseling practice, the most contemporary approach in the mental healthcare profession. Course topics include:

  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response
  • Group Process and Dynamics
  • Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation

More about our MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program

Designed to meet CACREP standards, our program can help prepare you for a career in a broad range of professional settings, including:*

  • Inpatient facilities
  • Social service agencies
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Universities and research centers
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Courts and prisons
  • Community mental health centers
  • Private practice
  • Business and consulting companies
  • Marriage and family clinics
  • Schools and Head Start centers
  • Community churches and other places of worship and communal gathering

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into this program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 8552035779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.

Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855-203-5779.

CACREPWalden's MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and MS in School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation attests that the content and quality of our programs have been evaluated and meet standards set by the profession. Graduates of CACREP-accredited programs are prepared with the skills and knowledge to maximize their impact on the field.

Why earn your MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at Walden?

Angela Corley

"Walden provides working professionals with the necessary education to transform themselves."

Angela Corley | MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate

Walden University’s MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CACREP accreditation is a requirement for licensure in many states.

The MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.