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MA in Christian Marriage, Family and Individual Counseling

Christian Marriage, Family and Individual Counseling

The Master of Arts in Christian Marital, Family, and Individual Counseling equips students to bring the wisdom of God’s Word and the hope and power of his gospel alongside evidence-based therapeutic practices to the care of people. Students are prepared for a distinctly Christian practice of marriage, family, and individual counseling that is clinically informed by the social sciences, interpreted through the lens of Scripture and applied from a Christian perspective on personhood and relationships. Students who graduate with this degree will be equipped to pursue licensure credentials (LMFT) in North Carolina or apply this coursework towards a license in another state.

Program at a glance

Total hours
77
This program includes 28 credit hours in a modified Master of Arts core and 49 hours of marriage, family and individual counseling core requirements.

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Additional Admission Requirements

Courses offered are intended to satisfy the educational requirements for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure in North Carolina and meet the majority of requirements in most states. All masters level programs at SEBTS are accredited by SACSCOC and ATS.

Please refer to the North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board for a thorough description of all the requirements for licensure in NC. Out-of-state students should refer to the individual licensing requirements set forth in their state by their local LMFT board.


What are some courses I will take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • BCO 6000 - Biblical and Theological Foundations for Counseling
  • BCO 6610 - Clinical Research for Marriage and Family Counseling
  • BCO 6552 - Counseling Individuals with Addiction Problems
  • BCO 7601 - Counseling Practicum I
  • BCO 7602 - Counseling Practicum II
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What can I do with this degree?

  • Work with non-profit ministries
  • Lead and develop a counseling ministry at your local church
  • Work with secular agencies to encourage the world through your practice
  • Open up a family counseling practice guided by biblical principles

Learn from over 60 professors who know what it's like to be in ministry. Our world-class faculty will teach you how to think critically about the Bible so you can minister faithfully throughout the world.

Who will teach me?