The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program offers instruction in the theory and practice of professional marriage and family counseling within a Christian worldview. The program prepares graduates to integrate biblical and theological understanding with historical and contemporary marriage and family counseling theory and practice.

Program Goals

1. Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace.

2. Maintain appropriate professional boundaries, which refers to a quality of relating in which there is healthy self-disclosure and respect for others, as well as the abilities to participate in a group and pick up on interpersonal cues.

3. Demonstrate humble respect for persons of diverse opinions through the ability to dialogue effectively and respectfully with persons who are culturally different from self. This area also involves the abilities to understand diverse opinions and seek out alternative interpretations.

4. Practice theological/theoretical integration, which is demonstrated in a maturing biblically grounded theological understanding of God and persons, along with an informed theoretical perspective of the counseling role.

5. Demonstrate appropriate use of self, which refers to a growing self-awareness based in an understanding of personal strengths and limitations. This area also suggests an understanding of the impact of life experiences and personal development on the counseling role.

6. Demonstrate a mastery of adequate clinical skills, which involves the capacity to manage personal anxiety, establish and maintain rapport, reflect feelings and content, ask honest open-ended questions, and differentiate self from others.

For more information, please visit Asbury Seminary’s Department of Counseling website. Or visit the Admissions section of our website for further information regarding the application process for counseling programs.

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative
3 CO526/TH501 Counseling and Christian Beliefs -or- Basic Christian Doctrine
3 CO600 Family Systems Theory
3 CO610 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601] – JAN
3 CO611 Dynamics of Human Sexuality [PRQ: CO600 or CO601] – SUMMER
3 CO626 Couples Counseling Theory and Interventions [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO655 The Counseling Relationship: Process and Skills [PRQ or Concurrently: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO720 Psychopathology: Theory and Assessments [PRQ or Concurrently: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO715 Assessment Inventories in Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601 & CO720]
3 CO622 Theories of Personality Development Across the Life Span [PRQ: CO600 or CO601 & CO720] Summer
3 CO725/td>

Research Seminar: Theory and Design
3 CO730 Advanced Issues in Cross-cultural Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO705 Counseling Internship—One [PRQ: CO600 or 601, CO610, & CO655, CO700, & CO720]
3 CO706 Counseling Internship—Two (PRQ: CO705)
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
As Needed
3 Marriage/Family Electives Choose two of the following courses: CO601, CO615, CO616, or CO627
3 Marriage/Family Electives Choose two of the following courses: CO601, CO615, CO616, or CO627
3 Counseling Electives* Considering state licensure requirements, choose two courses from the following range: CO515-799
3 Counseling Electives* Considering state licensure requirements, choose two courses from the following range: CO515-799

* Notes:
The MA in Marriage and Family Counseling meets the educational requirements for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure in Florida and Kentucky in terms of the number of course work hours. While no additional credit hours are required for licensure, students must carefully attend to the particular classes needed by their state of choice.

Florida and Kentucky MFT license laws have different educational requirements:

  • Students who pursue MFT licensure in Florida must take CO601 Counseling Theories and Techniques (3), CO625 Recognizing and Treating Addictive Disorders (3), and CO627 Family Counseling Theory and Interventions (3).
  • Students who pursue MFT licensure in Kentucky must take CO615 Family Development: Discipleship in the Home (3) and CO616 Young and Middle Adult Development and Discipleship (3).