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Why Consider a M.S.Ed. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling at Duquesne?

Description: The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling is comprised of 60 credits and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Types of Employment: Graduates of the program may obtain employment in the following areas:
• Community mental health centers;
• Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers;
• Mobile therapists;
• Family Based Mental Health therapists;
• Outpatient therapists;
• Behavioral specialists consultants (BSC).

Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC): Graduates of the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Program satisfy the academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and National Counseling Certification (NCC). The primary requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania include 1) a master's degree of at least 48 graduate credits, 2) a total of 60 graduate credits, 3) 700 hours of fieldwork, 4) passing one of 4 approved national exams, one of which is the National Counselor Exam (NCE), and 5) 3,000 hours of supervised experience under a qualified supervisor. (see the PA State Board's website for complete licensure information). This degree does not meet eligibility requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Employment Outlook: According to the Department of Labor (DOL) projections, there is expected to be a much faster than average (14%) increase in the number of marriage and family counselor positions by the year 2024.

Financial Aid: Students receive a 25% scholarship towards tuition if they take 6 credits per semester. Many students obtain student loans (federal or private). Students apply for loans through the Financial Aid Office / 412-396-6607.

Graduate Assistant Positions: Duquesne's Counselor Education Program does not have GA positions for master's students, but master's students may apply for graduate assistant and employment positions throughout the university.

Statistics for Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling Graduate

Statistics 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Number Enrolled 30 29 26 22 15
Number of Graduates 9 12 8 7 7
Completion Rate 100% 90% 90% 90% 90%
LPC Examination Pass Rate 100% 95% 88% 100% 89%
Job Placement Rate No data 100% 100% 100% 100%