At a Glance:

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Semester hours 68
Average Completion Time 3- or 4-year program
Cost per credit $614* (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 Early October (spring semester); Early February (summer semester); Early May (fall semester)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

CACREP Accredited

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs

Master's Degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Formerly Marriage and Family Therapy

Earn a master's degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy, formerly Marriage and Family Therapy, in Portland, Oregon.

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

Licensure

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. More about licensure

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)

Play Therapy and Trauma Courses

Students in the MA Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program are required to take at least one introductory play therapy course through the Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies. NWCPTS also hosts graduate courses in filial therapy, sandtray therapy, and special topics courses. Students seeking training in trauma response services may sign up for individual elective classes or a concurrent 12-credit certificate program through the Trauma Response Institute (TRI).

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