Strengths of our 60-credit Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program include:
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).
Students receive a 15% tuition award for taking six credits per semester.
Licensure and Certification
Graduates of our Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program satisfy the academic
requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and for National Counseling
Certification (NCC). Our Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program does not meet
the academic requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT),
but 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 and Family Counseling can be completed
within two years by taking nine to 12 credits per semester.
Full-time and Part-time options
Your have the option to complete the program on a full-, half- or part-time basis
Our 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.
You will learn a variety of theoretical approaches to promoting therapeutic change.
Variety of Fieldwork Options
You 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.
You will learn to understand conflict as it relates to the family unit and learn to
assist families and couples navigating those interactions. Also, you'll learn to assist
with issues such as anger management, self-esteem and grief and learn to create collaborative
treatment plans for care.
You 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
Our stimulating curriculum is designed to include experiential learning, self-reflection
papers, case study analysis and group activities. Nearly all of our courses are taught
in a traditional rather than a distance education format.
Counselor Education Program Objectives
The educational experiences of Duquesne's Counselor Education program are:
- Grounded in theories of wellness, holism and development
- Involve community engagement and are informed by an understanding of systemic context
and multicultural theory
- Focus on the core elements of an effective helping relationship
- Emphasize self-awareness, personal development and experiential learning
Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Graduate Statistics
|Number of Graduates
|LPC Examination Pass Rate
|Job Placement Rate
For additional information and statistics, please see the Annual Report (.pdf).
Counselor Education Program - Mission Statement
The mission of the Duquesne University Counselor Education Program is to prepare professional
counselors, educators, scholars and clinical supervisors who promote the well-being
of individuals, families, organizations and communities. This mission aligns with
the University’s Spiritan mission to serve God by educating counselors who value social
justice, meet high personal and professional standards; and promote moral, spiritual,
intellectual, physical, social and emotional development.