Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Family Ministry

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Family Ministry  program  is an interdisciplinary program taught jointly by the graduate faculties two academic units of Faulkner University. The curriculum includes five family studies courses from the Kearley Graduate School of Theology and seven counseling courses from the College of  Education, for a total of 36 semester hours credit. This program is designed for church workers who do not seek licensure, but who provide ministerial counsel and family guidance. The program is delivered entirely online.

The primary objective of this degree program is to prepare students for successful employment in field and/or entrance into further graduate education programs.

Student learning objectives include abilities to:

  1. explain how the understanding of the human developmental process impacts counseling approaches
  2. demonstrate their evaluation of ethical decision making for the counseling professions.

Course Requirements

Family Ministry Courses  – 15 hours (five courses)

BI 5384 Family Dynamics
BI 5380 Family Strengths – Theoretical Foundations
BI 5381 Individual Development and Family Relations – or – COU 6320 Life Span Development
BI 5382 Family Research Methods – or –  COU 6365 Research Methods
COU 6315 Marriage and Family Theory

Counseling Courses – 18 hours (six courses)

COU 6345 Counseling in the Community
COU 6395 Suicide Intervention and Counseling
COU 6370 Integrations of Theology and Counseling
COU 6350 Group Counseling
COU 6385 Substance Abuse Counseling
COU 6340 Analysis of the Helping Relationship

Experiential Learning – 3 hours (one course)

BI 5353 Supervised Practice of Ministry

Admission Requirements

Prospective students who wish to enroll in the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Family Ministry program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Completed graduate application
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
  • Submit letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant’s academic work, professional experience and ability to successfully complete graduate study, with least one of the recommendations from a church leader;
  • Submit a statement of goals of at least 400 words specifying personal goals and stating ways that the Master of Arts program at Faulkner University will contribute to those goals.
  • Once all forms have been submitted, prospective students may be interviewed by representatives of the graduate faculty who will then make a decision regarding acceptance into the graduate program and to discuss degree plan.

A maximum of 6 semester hours can be transferred into the program from a regionally accredited institution. Transfer hours must be approved

To Apply

  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
  3. Send all additional items via mail to:

Faulkner University
Attn: Graduate Enrollment
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36109


  • $540 per semester hour
  • $55 per semester hour online course fee

View Faulkner University’s full tuition and fee schedule for all programs.