Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, M.Sc. | Duquesne University | Pittsburgh, United States
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Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

24 months
1363 USD/credit 40890 USD/year
1363 USD/credit 40890 USD/year
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Gain practical knowledge to help heal and foster relationships for children and families with the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program from Duquesne University.


This CACREP accredited program in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Duquesne University prepares graduates for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) which is essential for employment in the mental health field and private practice. Students may complete the Master of Science (M.S.) in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling program within 2 years or also have the option of completing the program on a part-time basis. Students have the option of taking classes in the early evening and late afternoon. Graduates of the program are very successful in obtaining employment in mental health settings, working as out- and in-patient therapists, mobile therapists, substance abuse counselors, etc.

Strengths of the 60-credit Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling program include:

  • Accreditation: Accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Some states require graduation from a CACREP accredited program to obtain Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Tuition Award: Students receive a 15% tuition award for taking 6 credits per semester
  • Licensure and Certification: Graduates of the Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling program satisfy the academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and for National Counseling Certification (NCC). The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program does not meet the academic requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), but with the LPC graduates of the program are able to provide marriage, couple, and family counseling, and many agencies prefer the LPC to the LMFT
  • Time to Degree: Earning your Master's degree in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling can be completed within two (2) years by taking 9-12 credits per semester
  • Full-time and Part-time options: Students have the option to complete the program on a full-, half-, or part-time basis if desired
  • No Pre-requisites: This program accepts students with Bachelor's degrees in a variety of areas. There are no undergraduate pre-requisites, other than having a Bachelor's degree
  • Integrated Approach: Students learn a variety of theoretical approaches to promoting therapeutic change
  • Variety of Fieldwork Options: Students have the opportunity to experience a variety of mental health agencies for fieldwork
  • Large Alumni Base: As a graduate of this program, you will be amongst more than 1,200 graduate who serve as leaders in the mental health profession
  • Skill Development: Students learn to understand conflict as it relates to the family unit and learn to assist families and couples navigating those interactions. Students also learn to assist with issues such as anger management, self-esteem, and grief, and learn to create collaborative treatment plans for care.

Graduates may obtain employment in or work as:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers
  • Career counseling centers
  • Mobile therapists
  • Family based mental health therapists
  • Outpatient therapists
  • Behavioral specialists consultants (BSC)
  • Probation/parole officers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Therapeutic Techniques in Counseling
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Research Methods & Design
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Practicum
  • Multicultural Issues and Strategies in Counseling
  • Psychotherapeutic Aspects of Human Sexuality

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Bachelor’s Degree- All majors welcomed to apply
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Graduate education essay - The essay is limited to 250 words; Prompt: Discuss your professional plans upon acquiring a master's degree in counseling
  • Two (2) Recommendations
  • Official transcripts
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1363 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    40890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1363 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
Living costs

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