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M.S.Ed. Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling

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Gain practical knowledge to help heal and foster relationships for children and families.

Program Info

In the M.S.Ed. Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling program, students learn to better understand conflict as it relates to the family unit and learn to assist families 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. Upon completion of this program, candidates satisfy the academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC).

Graduates may obtain employment in or work as:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers
  • Mobile therapists
  • Family Based Mental Health therapists
  • Outpatient therapists
  • Behavioral Specialists Consultants (BSC)

This program is comprised of 60 credits and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The stimulating curriculum is designed to include experiential learning, self-reflection papers, case study analysis, and group dynamic tools.

Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling Graduate Statistics
Statistics 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Number Enrolled 26 22 15
Number of Graduates 8 7 7
Completion Rate 90% 90% 90%
LPC Examination Pass Rate 88% 100% 89%
Job Placement Rate 100% 100% 100%
For additional information and statistics, please see the Annual Report.
Admission Requirements

Application Materials

Duquesne University Online Application

Counseling Master's Program Online Application

Evaluations:

  • Applicants are required to have two (2) evaluations submitted by references. Applicants can choose to have:
  • Applicants have references submit the respective evaluation by emailing the link to their reference person

Official transcripts

Submit transcripts and if necessary, MATs and/or GREs (see Admissions Criteria below), to:
Duquesne University School of Education
Office of Graduate Admissions
214A Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

or

soegrad@duq.edu

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted for fall semesters only.  The application deadline to be considered for the fall semester is March 1.
 

Admission Criteria

There is no minimum GPA requirement for the M.S.Ed. Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling, however applicants whose GPA is less than a 3.0 on a 4-point scale for their last degree (bachelor's or master's) will have their transcripts reviewed by the School of Education.

If an applicant's GPA is less than 3.0 in the last 48 credits they must submit official scores for either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

 International Applicants - Additional Application Steps

Applicants who do not have a bachelor's or master's from a non-native English speaking nation are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores.  The scores are submitted to Mrs. Beverly Sughrue, Counselor Education Program, Duquesne University, School of Education, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.  The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program conducts a review of each matriculated student upon arrival to determine individual needs for English instruction to support success in his/her chosen degree program.

Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future. Join one of the nation's top-tier universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. At Duquesne, you'll become part of a community of nearly 9,500 students studying at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Graduate tuition is $1,284 per credit. In addition to tuition, graduate students may also incur fees for administrative services, room, and meals, if applicable. At Duquesne University, we believe that financing your education is a partnership between the student and the university. As part of that partnership, The School of Education offers financial assistance in many forms including:

  • Tuition awards between 25-35%
  • University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive applications.
  • Current full-time lay teachers of pre-K through high school or school administrators in a Roman Catholic school in the Pittsburgh, Greensburg, or Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses pursuing a non-doctoral degree or certificate in the School of Education may be eligible to receive a 60% tuition award. This Lay Teacher award does not apply to the doctoral programs. Only one Duquesne University degree may be earned under this reduced tuition program. The Catholic School Lay Teacher & Administrator Award Forms detail information pertaining to this award.

For further assistance, please contact the Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid.

Faculty

William Casile

William Casile, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

101C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6112
casile@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

William Casile (Ph.D., Counseling, University of Pittsburgh, 1980) I served as the Director of Undergraduate Special Education (92-98) and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision (04-07). My initial work in teaching and advocacy on behalf of people with significant life-challenges led me to my journey in counseling and supervision. I typically teach courses in group counseling and counseling techniques, and I particularly enjoy supervision. My research explores collaboration in the supervision and development of counselors in training, and I am curious about attaining wellness. If I am not traveling or planning a trip, I feel restless.


David Delmonico

David Delmonico, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

110C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4032
delmonico@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

David Delmonico (Ph.D., Counselor Education, Kent State University, 1997) is a professor specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Dr. Delmonico teaches classes on addictions, sexuality, and foundational courses in mental health counseling. His research interests include cybersex compulsivity, cyber-offense behavior, and the overlap between psychology and technology.


Jocelyn Gregoire

Jocelyn Gregoire, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

110F Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4442
gregoire@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Fr. Jocelyn Gregoire , CSSp; GOSK; Ed.D; NCC; LPC; ACS is a Roman Catholic Spiritan priest of over 32 years and has been involved in the counseling field for many years. He is currently an assistant professor in the counseling department of the School of Education at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to his doctorate in Education, he holds two other graduate degrees. Through his expertise as a professional counselor, he has helped thousands of people across the world in their journeys toward personal growth and healing. He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a member of numerous counseling associations. He has co-authored several articles in refereed journals in the area of sexual addiction and compulsivity, identity development, social justice, and spirituality, as well as two books in counseling.


Debra Hyatt-Burkhart

Debra Hyatt-Burkhart, Ph.D.

Program Co-Director
Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

410D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5711
hyattburkhartd@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Debra Hyatt-Burkhart (Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, Counselor Education and Supervision, Duquesne University, 2011) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education. She currently serves as the Director of Program Practices for the Counselor Education program. Dr. Hyatt-Burkhart coordinates the fieldwork component of the masters program and teaches courses in both the masters and doctoral level counseling programs. Her clinical practice of nearly 30 years informs her teaching and enables her to bring real-world examples and issues into the classroom. Dr. Hyatt-Burkhart's research focuses on positive approaches to and experiences in the treatment and supervision of trauma, as well as upon practice issues. A few examples of her work can be found in the Journal of Loss & Trauma, The Family Journal, Counseling Today, and The Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, & Couples Counseling.


Matthew Joseph

Matthew Joseph, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

G9D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6110
bundickm@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Matthew Joseph (Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University, 2009) is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education. He teaches graduate-level coursework in lifespan development, career development, and research design. Previously Dr. Joseph worked as an academic advisor/career counselor in higher education as well as director of research for an educational non-profit. His research explores the development of purpose and meaning across the life span with a particular focus on emerging adults, as well as the roles of counselors and other educators in secondary and higher education toward promoting young people’s positive development.


Jered Kolbert

Jered Kolbert, Ph.D.

Program Co-Director
Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

110D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4471
kolbertj@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Jered Kolbert (Ph.D. Counseling, College of William and Mary, ‘98) has served as Counselor Education program director since 2012. He has worked as a school counselor, marriage, couple and family counselor, and he is in private practice as a licensed professional counselor (LPC). He has authored many journal articles and co-authored 3 books. Dr. Kolbert's primary research interests are bullying and relational aggression.


Yih-Hsing Liu

Yih-Hsing Liu, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

106A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4026
liuy1239@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Yih-Hsing Liu (Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, Syracuse University, 2016) joined the faculty of Counselor Education in 2015. Dr. Liu practiced psychotherapy in Syracuse, New York (2011-2014), and was a registered psychiatric nurse at Taipei City Hospital in Taiwan (1999-2004). Dr. Liu’s research and clinical interests fall under the broad category of trauma-informed care, integrative medicine, clinical discourse analysis, and critical multiculturalism.


Lisa Lopez Levers

Lisa Lopez Levers, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Foundations and Leadership

209B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1871
levers@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Lisa Lopez Levers (Ph.D., Counseling Education and Human Development, Kent State University, 1988) LPCC-S, LPC, CRC, NCC is a Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education at Duquesne University; she recently (2012-2017) held the Endowed Chair in African Studies, and she was a Fulbright Scholar in Botswana (2003-2004). She is in her 29th year of university teaching; prior to entering academia, she worked in community mental health for 15 years, counseling extensively with child, adolescent, and adult survivors of trauma. Professor Levers has published books, scholarly chapters in textbooks, and articles in peer-reviewed journals regarding issues of relevance to African culture, trauma and disaster, disability issues, social science aspects of climate change, and the counseling profession in general. She works with marginalized communities, locally and internationally, in developing culturally sensitive systems of care, creating better access to health/mental health services and education, designing responses to community trauma, and building community resilience.


Waganesh Zeleke

Waganesh Zeleke, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

110E Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.2465
zelekew@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Waganesh Zeleke (Ed.D., LCPC,NCC. Counseling, University of Montana, 2013) has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education since 2013. Dr. Zeleke teaches primarily clinical mental health counseling courses to both Master’s and Doctoral level students in the Counseling program. Her research explores how culture and context shapes indviuduals mental health and wellbeing with a focus on autism, immigrant mental health, and international adoption.