John Brown University's Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to meet the national standards of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). Upon completion of the 64-hour program, you will be eligible to take the national examination in MFT and to pursue state licensure.

Course requirements for the Master of Science (MS) in Marriage and Family Therapy include: 

Requirements for Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

Counseling Core Requirements–22 credit hours

  • Human Development
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • Family of Origin
  • Diagnosis and Case Management
  • Christian Foundations of Counseling
  • Pre-Practicum Lab

One of the following:

  • Statistics and Research
  • Applied Research (Program Director recommendation required)

Elective–3 credit hours


MFT Major Core Requirements – 39 credit hours

  • Principles of Family Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Principles of Marital Therapy
  • Family Sexuality
  • Relationship Assessment
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Professional Development and Ethics
  • Brief Therapy
  • Practicum I: MFT
  • Practicum II: MFT
  • Internship I
  • Internship II

Total credit hours–64


Second Major Options

The JBU Counseling Program recognizes that today's counseling professionals have multifaceted opportunities requiring multiple training specialties. The Graduate Counseling Department offers three majors for the MS degree: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling. Students may opt to take more than one major and may add an emphasis in Play Therapy.

Class Locations

Counseling classes are offered on the main campus in Siloam Springs as well as the JBU Fort Smith Center, the JBU Little Rock Center and the JBU Rogers Center. Some courses are offered online.


Online Options

Many counseling courses are offered online allowing you flexibility and convenience. All online classes are taught by JBU faculty who interact with you via e-mail, web conferencing and discussion boards.


Class Schedule

Most counseling classes begin at 4:30 pm or 7:15 pm and follow the semester schedule format. Summer classes are also offered.