Walden is among a select group of universities that offer this CACREP-accredited master’s degree in counseling online.

CACREPWalden’s MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program helps prepare you for the evolving method of evidence-based counseling practice, the most contemporary approach in the mental healthcare profession. With this marriage and family counseling degree, you can gain experience in diagnosing mental and emotional disorders and resolving marriage and family conflicts related to divorce, mediation, child rearing, school issues, and family violence.

Designed to reflect professional criteria published by leading counseling organizations, this master’s in family counseling helps to prepare you to work in culturally and contextually diverse settings, including in community, county, and state agencies; in hospitals and private practices; and in consultation with businesses and agencies.

Through Walden's MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program, you can:

  • Prepare to work with families to address a range of issues, including the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events, as well as family conflicts that must be resolved in the criminal justice system.
  • Discover the roles and functions of marriage, couple, and family counselors in a variety of settings to gain an understanding of the cross-cultural competencies and skills required to understand family structures, life-cycle dynamics, intergenerational influences, and healthy family functioning.
  • Prepare to advance your career and, depending on the state in which you intend to practice, pursue the appropriate credentials that could qualify you to become a licensed professional counselor with a specialization in marriage, couple, and family counseling.*
  • Study with well-respected educators and/or active professionals in the field who integrate their research and clinical experience into the classroom.
  • Create an electronic portfolio of your work that can be shared with potential employers.
  • Develop a social change project that can have a direct impact on the lives of children and families who may not have access to mental health services.

Evidence-Based Practice

Study the most contemporary approach in the mental healthcare profession in Walden’s MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program. This type of practice, increasingly recognized in the healthcare industry, will prepare counselors to improve the quality of client care by learning to combine their own clinical and observational skills with the best of research-supported interventions to help clients make positive and healthy choices.

Evidence-based practice is part of a growing trend in healthcare and mental healthcare to improve patient outcomes. Increasingly, health insurance companies are recognizing this approach in determining insurance reimbursement.

Walden’s evidence-based practice approach allows you to:

  • Improve client satisfaction as you demonstrate progress with outcomes that can be documented and measured.
  • Embrace a methodology that may allow you to:
    • Be better prepared to meet the newest requirements for health insurance billing and reimbursement. 
    • Write effective grants.
    • Work more effectively across interagency areas.
    • Sharpen your clinical judgment with a thorough understanding of the most current methodologies in the profession.
    • Enhance the well-being of marriages, couples, and families.

Learning Outcomes

The competent and confident counseling professional will:

  1. Evaluate therapeutic models appropriate to marriage, couple, and family counseling.
  2. Develop systems-based treatment strategies for addressing the needs of couples and families.
  3. Evaluate the impact of complex life-based factors (e.g., crisis and trauma, addiction, interpersonal violence, employment) on marriages, couples, and families.
  4. Identify prevention-based strategies that foster family wellness.

Read our MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Program Outcomes Report.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

*Licensing regulations vary from state to state. Walden University cannot guarantee professional licensure. See Note on Licensure.


Adrian Hall

Adrian Hall

MS in Mental Health Counseling Graduate
No other school would have enabled me to complete my degree, be a mother, and travel in and out of the country as a working professional.
What an amazing payoff and reward when so many are focused on the common goal of learning.
When I started my first official job as a counselor and was asked to read over a clinical assessment and treatment plan, I realized that I literally had a license to be a positive influence in the lives of those I serve on a daily basis.
Linnaya Graf MPH & PhD in Public Health Graduate / MS in Psychology Student
Linnaya Graf
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