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
- All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
- 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..
- 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.
- The applicant should submit a Goal Statement and Autobiographical Statement. Instructions for these documents can be found on the departmental website.
- 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.
- The applicant should submit a current resume or vita.
- 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.