Duquesne University  

This CACREP accredited program prepares graduates for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) which is essential for employment in the mental health field and private practice. Students who take at least 6 credits per semester receive a 25% tuition award. Students may complete the Master’s of Science in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling program within 2 years or also have the option of completing the program on a part-time basis. Classes are held during weeknights. Graduates of the program are very successful in obtaining employment in mental health settings, working as out- and in-patient therapists, mobile therapists, substance abuse counselors, etc.

Strengths of the 60-credit Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling program include:

25% Tuition Award: The Duquesne University School of Education is committed to assisting our students financially. The School of Education offers all students pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, & Family program a 25% tuition award for semesters in which students complete 6 or more credits

Accreditation: Accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Some states require graduation from a CACREP accredited program to obtain Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC)

Licensure and Certification: Graduates of the Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling program satisfy the academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and for National Counseling Certification (NCC). The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program does not meet the academic requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), but with the LPC graduates of the program are able to provide marriage, couple, and family counseling, and many agencies prefer the LPC to the LMFT

Time to Degree: Earning your Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling can be completed within two (2) years by taking 9-12 credits per semester

Full-time and Part-time options: Students have the option to complete the program on a full-, half-, or part-time basis if desired

No Pre-requisites: This program accepts students with Bachelor’s degrees in a variety of areas. There are no undergraduate pre-requisites, other than having a Bachelor’s degree

Small to Moderate Class Sizes: Classes typically range from 6-25 students and are conveniently held in the evenings allowing students to remain employed during the day

Variety of Fieldwork Options: Students have the opportunity to experience a variety of mental health agencies for fieldwork

Large Alumni Base: As a graduate of this program, you will be amongst the 1200 alumni who are leaving an impression on the field of mental health as leaders and innovators

Skill Development: Students learn to understand conflict as it relates to the family unit and learn to assist families and couples navigating those interactions. Students also learn to assist with issues such as anger management, self-esteem, and grief, and learn to create collaborative treatment plans for care.

Special Interim Report Due

Institution Location

600 Forbes Avenue
109 Canevin Hall
Pittsburgh PA, US
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Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Program Degree


Program Contact

Dr. Madeleine Stevens
  • Graduates of this program are considered CACREP graduates beginning April 1, 2000
  • Accreditation Start Date: October 1, 2001
  • Accreditation Expiration: March 31, 2025
  • Accreditation Status: 8 Year

Status Information

Additional information is required for the following standard:
1.S – The institution needs to ensure that at least half of the course credit hours are taught by core faculty.

The specialty areas were found to substantially meet the standards with some minor standard-related deficiencies for which the Board requires further information. The institution is required to submit a Special Interim Report, on the standards listed above, for review by the CACREP Board prior to the accreditation expiration date.