At a Glance:
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
|Average Completion Time||3- or 4-year program
|Cost per credit||$571* (financial aid available)
|Accreditation||Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP);
approved by Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
|Location||Portland Center (near Tigard)
|Application Deadlines||Late October (spring semester); Late February (summer semester); Late May (fall semester)|
*All stated financial information is subject to change.
Master's Degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
Formerly Marriage and Family Therapy
This degree will prepare you to provide counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups across the life cycle. You will be able to work in a variety of settings, such as private, institutional, community, Christian, and cross-cultural. You can work in private practice (group or individual), profit and nonprofit organizations, hospitals, schools, etc.
Counseling courses are taught in a Christian college setting in Portland and Salem, Oregon.
Our counseling programs are rooted in the belief that:
- People are spiritual-psychological-physical-relational beings
- Marriage and family therapists need to be able to understand and articulate individual, couple, and family presenting problems and provide treatment from sound psychological and theological principles
- Marriage and family therapists need to possess the skills of a generalist and be equipped to work with a variety of clients and client modalities of diverse backgrounds and varied developmental stages across the life cycle
Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs
The marriage, couple and family counseling master's degree is designed to prepare students to sit for dual licensure, both the national licensure exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as the national licensure exam to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Oregon. The possibility for dual licensure after the completion of this program is a unique and desirable feature.
Advantages of the George Fox Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program
- Courses taught from a systemic perspective
- Opportunities to interact with students who are pursuing other mental health professions
- An environment that encourages the integration of faith and learning
- Full time, accessible, widely trained faculty
- Flexible schedules that work for adult populations
- Three- and four-year program options
- Convenient Portland Center and Salem site locations (Salem students can take all but 15 credit hours of MFT specialization at the Salem site; those 15 hours must be taken at the Portland Center)
- Accredited by Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
'One of the 50 Best Careers for 2010'
U.S. News & World Report named the marriage and family therapy profession as "one of the 50 best careers for 2010" in its Dec. 28, 2009 issue. The article stated, "As the field matures, the number of marriage and family therapists has surged. And demand is expected to increase in the future, with employment in this profession rising 14 percent from 2008 to 2018." The article is available on the U.S. News site.