Marriage Couple Family Counseling—Master of Arts

Master of Arts (MA)

Industry highlights

Marriage and family therapists will experience growth of 41 percent, which is much faster than average for all occupations through 2020.Bureau of Labor Statistics
The number of Master's degrees conferred in the field of health professions and related clinical sciences increased by 53.8 percent between 1998-99 and 2008-09.National Center for Education Statistics

Program overview

The program is offered in-person in Kalamazoo; however, there are some courses that are offered online. The program is offered in a hybrid format in Grand Rapids which means there are several courses offered online and some courses meet in-person.

The foundation of global society is the family. Today, families often fall victim to the struggles of ordinary life in today's busy world. Counselors are often called upon to help families navigate the hazards that have so often proven problematic.

The marriage, couple and family counseling program at WMU offers students practical knowledge for dealing with these issues and more. The program, offered in collaboration with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, emphasizes an understanding of the issues faced by contemporary couples and families.

Join us for a virtual information session to learn more.

Why marriage, couple and family counseling at Western Michigan University?

In addition to the core counseling courses, this 60-hour program emphasizes a family systems approach to the conceptualization and treatment of couples and families.

As for completing practicum hours as a graduate student, the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology provides two on-site clinics - one in Kalamazoo and one in Grand Rapids. Besides these clinics, WMU boasts extensive connections to area school counseling sites where students can complete their practicum.

We are the only institution in the U.S. that includes an optional co-curricular designation known as the WMU Signature. Pathways include: Teaching & Student Success, Leadership, Health & Wellbeing, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice, and more! 

Who should apply?

Anyone with a strong undergraduate academic career (3.0 or higher cumulative GPA) in psychology or a related field is encouraged to apply.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared to work with individuals, couples and families in a variety of professional counseling settings. This option leads to licensure as a professional counselor. Working with an advisor, the option can also lead to licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

Cost & Funding

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Dr. Gary Bischof, Program Coordinator