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Live Supervision, Real-World Experience

Work with couples and families as part of our clinical training series, while learning through live supervision by counseling professionals.

Our master’s program in Couples and Family Counseling/Therapy will give you the tools to make a positive difference and position you for career success. Classes are small and highly interactive as you work alongside caring and approachable faculty who bring diverse counseling and research expertise to the classroom. You’ll also benefit from a wide range of professional networking opportunities in the community and beyond. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to become a Nationally Certified Counselor.

This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), enabling you to become a Nationally Certified Counselor when you graduate, and ensuring that foundational academic requirements are met for licensure across the nation.

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M.A. in Couples and Family Counseling 

UNC's master's in Couples and Family Counseling requires 66-75 credits. Our graduates usually achieve the credential of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in Colorado or the licensing agency in the states in which they reside.

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Your Future in Couples and Family Counseling/Therapy

Earn your master’s degree from a nationally recognized program that will open doors to diverse career opportunities.

Consider UNC's Couples and Family Counseling/Therapy M.A. if you:

  • Value strong interpersonal skills
  • Enjoy working with diverse people and problem solving
  • Prefer small classes with close faculty interaction

You’ll learn:

  • Theory and practice of couples and family therapy
  • Treating a wide range of clinical issues including depression, marital problems, substance abuse and child-parent problems
  • Working with diverse groups of people
  • Historical and more contemporary trends in couples and family counseling
  • Ethical and legal aspects of couples and family counseling

Sample courses:

  • Understanding and Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Family Systems
  • Group Dynamics and Facilitation
  • Sexuality Counseling
  • Advanced Methods in Couples and Family Therapy
  • Practicum in Couples and Family Therapy

Beyond the Classroom

Where can your degree take you?

Graduates of our Couples and Family Counseling/Therapy program go on to work in a variety of professional settings, such as substance abuse centers, residential treatment centers and private practice. You’ll be eligible to become a Nationally Certified Counselor when you graduate.

 By 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that couples and family counseling jobs will grow by more than 30 percent, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.


Current Research in Couples and Family Counseling/Therapy

In addition to being caring educators, our faculty members are noted researchers in their respective fields. Our department’s current research undertakings include:

Basilia Softas-Nall, Ph.D.

Basilia Softas-Nall’s research interests include diversity in couples and families, gender and couples, and disclosure of extramarital affairs in counseling. Learn more about Dr. Softas-Nall.

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