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    Mississippi College
  May 15, 2021
GRADUATE CATALOG 2019-2020 [Archived Catalog]

Marriage and Family Counseling, M.S.

The mission of the Marriage and Family Counseling Program is to help students acquire core competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as marriage and family counselors. Completion of the program will assist graduates in making application for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), as well as National Counseling Certification. The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession. Students participating in the Marriage and Family Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in work with couples and families, and other members of the behavioral healthcare and ministry teams in church, agency, hospital, and other marriage and family treatment settings. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites. 

The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Deadlines for making application for admission

June 1 for Fall semester
October 1 for Spring semester
February 1 for Summer session.

Students may apply year round for review and admission by the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.

Admissions Committee and Application Process

The Department of Psychology Counseling's Admissions Committee may consist of up to three faculty members. After a candidate submits all the required application materials to the Graduate School, and the qualified applications are reviewed by the Graduate School, the application materials will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee. Applicants may meet in groups with a panel of faculty interviewers. The interview session will last approximately one hour, and interview questions will not be shared in advance, but will generally address the applicant's experience, goals, and communication skills. Individuals who are not able to attend the group interview will have a chance to complete individuals interviews, based on the committee's discretion.

*Applications received after deadlines will be reviewed for the next academic semester.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 3.0 on undergraduate work and/or graduate level course work if applicable..
  3. The applicant must supply at least two recommendation letters/forms from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant’s character, scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work.
  4. The applicant should submit a Goal Statement and Autobiographical Statement.  Instructions for these documents can be found on the departmental website.
  5. The applicant or student may transfer up to 15 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitute. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
  6. Applicant should submit a current resume or vita.
  7. The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to admission.

Provisional Admission to the Program

The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, letters of recommendation, goal statements, other supporting materials and recommendation from the departmental Admission Committee. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education. 

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 60 semester hours in qualifying core, specialized, and elective courses. Successful completion of the M.S. degree in Marriage and Family Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, completion of a minimum of 600 hours in internship fieldwork training, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.

By the end of the second week in the first semester of enrollment, all students must purchase and activate an account in the electronic training management system used by the program.

All students must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) as part of COU 6999  Graduate Comprehensive Examination. An accuracy rate of 50% is required in order to graduate. This passage rate requirement may be adjusted as determined appropriate by the faculty to better meet national standards and prepare students for licensure requirements.

In order to register for COU 6999   - Graduate Comprehensive Examination and take the CPCE, which is required for graduation, the Core Courses must be successfully completed with a grad of ‘B’ or better.

Core Courses

COU 6501 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling : 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6502 Theories of Personality and Counseling : 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6503 Helping Relationships (Methods and Techniques in Counseling) : 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6504 Research-Methods and Procedures : 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6506 Multicultural Counseling : 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6515 Lifespan Development : 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6661 Use and Interpretation of Tests : 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6662 Techniques of Group Counseling : 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6665 Lifestyle and Career Counseling : 3 sem. hrs.  

Content Specific Courses

COU/PSY 6817 Crisis Counseling: 3 sem. hrs.   

COU 6666 Systems Theory and Intervention Strategies: 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6667 Addictions Counseling: 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6670 Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, Knowledge and Skills of Marriage and Family Counseling: 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6807 Couple Dynamics and Counseling: 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6808 Family Dynamics and Counseling: 3 sem. hrs.  

Field Placement Courses

COU 6663 Practicum in Counseling and Therapy: 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6701 Internship in Counseling I: 3 sem. hrs.  

COU 6702 Internship in Counseling II: 3 sem. hrs.  

Elective Course(s)

  • Elective Credit, 3 sem. hrs. (either COU 6801  or COU 6802  in counsultation with the Coordinator of the Marriage and Family Counseling Program)
  • Elective Credit, 3 sem. hrs. (selected with coordinator or advisor