Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (M.S.)

Department of Counseling

Students enrolled into the Masters in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program complete 60 credit hours of coursework over eight semesters (33 months), 1,000 hours of practicum/internship experience, take the national comp exam, sit for the NCE exam, complete a participatory field research project, and engage in personal growth experiences such as individual and group counseling (as clients). Masters in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling majors are prepared to make application for both the Licensed Professional Counselor credential and the Associate Marriage and Family Therapy credential in the State of Idaho.

The focus of the MFC program is to prepare students with a strong understanding of marriage, couple, and family counseling theory and therapy. Beyond the counseling core courses, students enroll in seven courses in marriage, couple, and family counseling with a focus on systems theory and research, human sexuality, and couple and family counseling interventions. Marriage, couple, and family counseling majors also have the opportunity to intern at the private non-profit counseling center associated with the department, which provides couples, individual, play therapy, and youth assessment services.

The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is delivered in a traditional, face-to-face, onsite program with some blended course options. NNU is a religiously-affiliated institution with a Wesleyan foundation. Spiritual wellness, an atmosphere of gratitude, commitment to community, service to others, a relational focus between faculty and with students, and good mental health practices are modeled by faculty for students. Students of any background/tradition are welcome.

Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Therapy/Counseling (individual, couples, marriage, or family)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies