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MS in Education (Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling)

Pictured | Aaron Turner | Education | Lakewood, Ohio (hometown)

Master of Science in Education in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

The Master of Science in Education (MS) in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling is designed to prepare professionals who will offer marriage, couples, and family counseling services in our community and the surrounding areas. The chief feature of the program is a comprehensive 60-credit hour curriculum that satisfies requirements for professional licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). This license exists in Indiana as well as many of the surrounding states. The program can be completed in a minimum of three years of full-time study, which includes summer classes.

Admission Procedures

The Counseling and Human Services (CHS) Program admits students during the Summer 1 session; therefore, the following must be completed and submitted by April 1:

  • Application for Admission to Graduate Study (on-line through Admissions Office). $40.00
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Applicants may apply to the program prior to the completion of the undergraduate degree provided that the degree is earned by May of the admission year.
  • GPA requirements.
  • Applicants to graduate programs in the School of Education must have an overall CGPA of 3.000 or have earned a CGPA of 3.000 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree and meet all other admission requirements to be fully admitted to graduate programs in the School of Education.
  • Applicants whose CGPAs are between 2.500 and 2.999 must earn required GRE scores and meet all other admissions requirements to be fully admitted to programs in the School of Education. GRE scores that are not more than 5 years old will be accepted. Applicants who must receive the following scores on the GRE: 150 (450 for past version) on Verbal Reasoning and a 3.5 for Analytical writing.
  • Applicants with undergraduate CGPAs between 2.500 and 2.999 will not be allowed to take any graded graduate coursework until they have submitted the required GRE scores and met all other admissions requirements.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate CGPAs are between 2.500 and 2.999 may take S/F graded graduate workshops before being fully admitted. These S/F graded workshops will not fulfill degree requirements.
  • Written personal statement.
  • List and describe your work and volunteer experiences related to the field of counseling and human services.
  • List and describe education and training related to the field of counseling and human services beyond your formal coursework which you have attained as a result of participation in workshops, seminars, professional meetings, etc.
  • Why have you selected Counseling and Human Services as a preferred area of study?
  • What characteristics do you have that you believe would make you a successful counselor?
  • What additional information do you wish to bring to the awareness of the screening committee regarding your application?
  • Official transcripts documenting all degrees earned or in progress, and any other academic work.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • An interview with resident faculty member scheduled in April. Submission of all required application materials is required to schedule an interview.
  • Selection by faculty to be part of a cohort of 24 students selected in April of each year.
    Admission to the Master of Science in Education degree program may be initiated with the submission of the appropriate application forms (please see the Graduate Academic Advisor in the School of Education, Education and Arts Building, Room 2200. Official copies of all transcripts for baccalaureate and post baccalaureate course work are required.

Degree Requirements (60 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

First Year Courses (18 cr.)
  • EDUC-G 500 Orientation to Counseling
  • EDUC-G 515 Epidemiology of Mental Health, Psychopathology, Diagnostics, and Psychopharmacology (pending final approval)
  • EDUC-G 522 Counseling Theories
  • EDUC-G 523 Laboratory Counseling and Guidance
  • EDUC-G 575 Multicultural Counseling
  • EDUC-P 514 Life Span Development: Birth-Death

Second Year Courses (18 cr.)
  • EDUC-G 505 Individual Appraisal: Principles and Procedures
  • EDUC-G 524 Practicum in Counseling
  • EDUC-G 532 Introduction to Group Counseling
  • EDUC-G 563 Mental Health Counseling
  • EDUC-G 567 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • EDUC-G 592 Seminar in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Third Year Courses (24 cr.)
  • EDUC-G 504 Counseling Theory/Tech 2: Bahavioral and Family Systems
  • EDUC-G 507 Lifestyle and Career Development
  • EDUC-G 516 Understanding Child and Adolescent Behavior
  • EDUC-G 550 Internship in Counseling (taken twice; fall and spring semesters)
  • EDUC-G 568 Family Counseling (pending final approval)
  • EDUC-G 570 Human Sexuality
  • EDUC-G 590 Research in Counseling and Guidance

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2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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