Marriage and Family Counseling

Gonzaga University

24 months
1160 USD/credit
1160 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Marriage and Family Counseling Program provides the training you need to practice as a professional counselor who specializes in marital, couple and family counseling.


Courses build the professional knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide variety of issues in the context of relationships and families. Our program includes multi-media instruction and opportunities to apply research and theory to real-world clients through supervised internships (600 required hours) and practicums (100 required hours) in community agencies.

Our program also focuses on personal growth and development. We believe successful counselors should have insight and awareness, and a clear understanding of the boundaries between personal and client issues. We encourage self-discovery and strong mental health, and we provide referrals outside the program for counseling when necessary.

Our graduates are prepared to serve as advocates, educators and leaders in strengthening individuals, families and communities. The program positions you for career opportunities in a variety of settings, including family counseling, social service and mental health agencies; college counseling centers; and private practice.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Critical Issues in Counseling
  • Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Pre-Practicum
  • Research and Statistics
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Psychopathology & Psychopharmacology
  • Group Process
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Counseling Internship
  • Advanced Family Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
88 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed graduate application. Within the application you will be required to submit the following: 2 letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose (guidelines are included in the application).
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended. If you attend Gonzaga, please note that GU transcripts are ordered by the Graduate Admissions Office on your behalf.
  • Official scores from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general aptitude test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Scores must be less than 5 years old. this requirement may be waived if you have completed an advanced degree
  • An interview with the department
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      1160 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1160 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      1160 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1160 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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