Cannon-Clary College of Education

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    Marriage & Family Counseling

    Pursue a career focused on preserving marriages and strengthening families.


If you're looking for premier training in preserving marriage and strengthening families, you've come to the right place.

Our 60-hour CACREP accredited Master of Science in marriage and family counseling is aimed at preparing students to think and practice counseling from a systemic perspective. Throughout the curriculum, students are trained to address mental health concerns and family dynamics with direct experience in family violence, sexual abuse and substance-related issues that affect the system and subsystems.

A full-time, cohort experience

While many training programs offer online degrees and part-time opportunities, our program is a full-time, cohort experience that provides all of your clinical and supervisory hours, so you don't have to create your own. Being a part of a cohort, you have a sounding board that aids self-reflection, you have consistent study partners, and you are able to consult on cases together. The program begins once a year in August, so you will join a group of students who you will get to know in each of your classes and through your practicum placements spanning the entirety of the program.

Where knowledge meets experience

What makes our program stand out?


credit hours to complete the degree


licensures through one program


ratio for supervised client contact hours


total hours of face-to-face client contact

Learning beyond the classroom

Make direct clinical application of what you are learning to real life clients while having weekly supervision for those same cases. Completion of the program requires a minimum of 300 face-to-face client contact hours, 100 of which must be family/relational.

Two licensures, one program

With a focus on preparing competent mental health clinicians and licensure as a professional counselor, this degree also provides the academic and clinical preparation to proceed toward licensure in marriage and family therapy in Arkansas and other states.

Admission Requirements


  • Complete the online application.
  • Request official transcripts* be sent directly from previous institutions to
  • Request three letters of recommendation
  • Upload a copy of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunization record.
  • Upload a resume.

*Note: Harding alumni and current students do not need to request Harding transcripts as they are on file.


  • Complete a personal interview with the Mental Health and Wellness faculty.
  • Limitations understanding signature.

Please direct questions to:

Harding University
Department of Mental Health & Wellness
HU 12254
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Phone: 501-279-4500
Fax: 501-279-5964

When to Apply

Please contact the Mental Health & Wellness Department at if you have questions about applying.

Academic Catalog

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Internships and Practicums

Supervisors and students should contact the Mental Health and Wellness office at 501-279-4500 for a direct link to training materials, handbooks and forms. Please contact Dr. Marc Fager for if you have additional questions.

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Contact Us

Mental Health & Wellness is part of the College of Education


Fax: 501-279-5964

Mailing address:
Harding University
Department of Mental Health & Wellness
HU 12254
Searcy, AR 72149-5615