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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 core requirements and those of the Marriage and Family Counseling specialization and with the successful completion of the comprehensive written and oral examinations, graduates are endorsed as having constructed appropriate entry level knowledge and as having met appropriate skill acquisition to be recognized as professional marriage and family counselors. 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 or Dr. Jill Thorngren.


  • Brookings Campus
  • Rapid City Campus
  • Some Courses offered at the Community Center for Sioux Falls

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