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CHRD-Marriage and Family Counseling (M.S.)

Students who successfully complete this 60-credit hour specialization will earn a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Resource Development specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling. The specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling is designed to meet the requirements of the South Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners. Once graduates complete an approved supervised clinical experience and pass the appropriate examinations, they are eligible for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  

Students who have completed the requirements for the Marriage and Family Counseling specialization and graduated from the program are endorsed for counseling in a marriage and family setting. The following statement is intended to identify the specific endorsement for students entering Marriage and Family Counseling: Upon successful completion of the requirements for a M.S. in CHRD specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling, students will: understand and advocate for developmental needs of individuals, couples, families, and groups; effectively identify and assess developmental and sexual needs of individuals, couples, and families over the lifespan; integrate and affirm cultural, ethnic, and gender identities as they relate to the practice of marriage and family counseling; adhere to ethical, legal, and professional standards of all aspects of marriage and family counseling; assess, diagnose, and treat mental health needs from a systems perspective; be prepared to pursue licensure as a marriage and family therapist. Students in the Marriage and Family Counseling specialization are also responsible for having taken supporting area courses which supplement or enhance their chosen specialty.

For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Staci Born.


  • Brookings Campus

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