Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Earn a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy in Portland, Oregon.

Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) in Oregon are required to have either a master's degree in marriage and family therapy or a master's degree in a mental health field with a certificate in marriage and family therapy.

George Fox University's Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program is designed to provide special training and expertise required for working effectively with couples and families to practitioners in the helping professions. This graduate certificate program is open to those who already have a mental health degree.

Who is this program for?

  • Helping professionals and those working in human services (such as licensed professional counselors, clinical psychologists and social workers) who want to be more effective in their service to individuals, couples and families
  • Master’s or doctoral-level mental health professionals who desire to be better equipped to work with couples and families
  • Clergy who hold a master’s degree and want to learn foundational counseling skills

Program Requirements

This family counseling certificate program is generally one to two years in length with 36 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation.


Licensed professional counselors and others who hold at least a master’s degree in counseling or another mental health degree may qualify to pursue clinical membership in the AAMFT and Oregon licensure as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT).

More about licensure

Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Program length 1 to 2 years
Semester hours 36
Cost per semester hour $734*
Tuition cost for entire program $26,424*
Accreditation CACREP; approved by Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
Format In-person
Locations Portland Center (near Tigard) and Salem Site

*All stated financial information is subject to change.