About this Program 

Expand your Skills  

Our two-year master’s program in Marriage and Family Counseling develops your individualized theory of counseling and provides you with the professional training to: 

  • Practice as a professional counselor who specializes in marital, couple and family counseling
  • Address a wide variety of issues in the context of relationships and families
  • Apply research and theory to practical experiences
  • Build professional skills through supervised internships in the community
  • Engage in self-discovery, personal growth and development
  • Develop insight and awareness, including a clear understanding of the boundaries between personal and client issues
  • Maintain strong mental health; we provide referrals outside the program for counseling when necessary

Develop your Career

Our Marriage and Family Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Through multi-media instruction, we prepare counselors who are:

  • Prepared to serve as advocates, educators and leaders
  • Adept at strengthening individuals, families and communities
  • Creative
  • Productive
  • Socially just
  • Service-oriented leaders in the counseling profession

Extend your Reach

You will be learning with and from a diverse group of people, as our rich learning environment exposes you to the experiences of your classmates and expert faculty.  You will graduate well positioned for a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Family counseling
  • Social service and mental health agencies
  • College counseling centers
  • Private practice
  • Hospitals and clinics

Our Faculty

Robert Mckinney

Robert McKinney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education; Director of Clinical Mental Health

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Elisabeth "Lisa" Bennett, Ph.D.

Professor, Counselor Education

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Mark A. Young, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Counselor Education; Director of Marriage and Family Counseling

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Curtis Garner

Professor, Counselor Education

Melanie Person

Melanie Person, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education; Director of MOC Canada

Addy Wissel

Addy Wissel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Chair, Counselor Education; Director of School Counseling

Marriage and Family Counseling


Job Placement


NCE Exam Pass Rate (2023)


Graduates (May 2023)


Program Completion Rate