A three-year part-time master’s degree program with six/seven modules per year and a final thesis which is obligatory. This degree is offered in conjunction with Lee University, USA, as a postgraduate training program using an in-service model.  It requires a bachelor degree (180 ECTS) and at least a year of practical experience working in the subject area, e.g. church ministry (30 ECTS). This degree is offered by part-time study only, requiring attendance on campus at ETS for the intensive study modules; the program consists of 90 ECTS making a total of 300 ECTS (Bachelor, practical ministry and postgraduate study), which leads to the same level of qualification and eligibility as the consecutive Master degree.  The MA in Marriage and Family Studies is especially geared toward church workers who intend to focus on family or marriage counseling in their churches.

Admission to the Program

Students must possess a Bachelor degree (180 ECTS). Since the study concept is postgraduate training it requires at least one year of practical experience working in the area of study, e.g. church ministry. This has to be confirmed in writing by a On-site Mentor or Supervisor and counts for 30 ECTS. This gives the student the same entrance level as the consecutive entry into Masters study, which leads to the same level of qualification and eligibility. German law makes provision in certain cases that students may engage in postgraduate training by completing an entrance examination rather than possessing a bachelor degree.

Special entry requirements:

For Marriage and Family Studies, students do not need a bachelor degree in the area of study and no propaedeuticum is required, but students must show competence to handle the subject matter and have the English language qualification of at least C2.

Course Offerings 2018-2020

Fall 2018
MAFT 511Introduction to Marriage and Family Studies   Dr. Großklaus03-07 Sep 2018C / H
MAFT 523Human Growth and DevelopmentDr. Gorbacheva      15-19 Oct 2018C / H
COUN 548Supervision 1Dr. Großklaus12-16 Nov 2018S / N
COUN 520Counseling Theories and TechniquesDr. Gorbacheva10-14 Dec 2018S / N
Spring 2019
MAFT 516Christian Perspectives in Helping Professions (Online)   Dr. D. Quagliana   Jan-Feb 2019C / H
MAFT 555Research Methods   Dr. Milliron04-08 Mar 2019C / H
MYFM 593 Supervision 2Dr. Großklaus13-17 May 2019S / N
MAFT 514PsychopathologyDr. D. Quagliana03-07 Jun 2019C / H
Fall 2019
MAFT 541   Family Stress and ResilienceDr. Gorbacheva02-06 Sep 2019   C / H
MAFT 543Personality TheoryDr. Sargent 07-11 Oct 2019C / H
COUN 548 Supervision 1 Dr. Großklaus11-15 Nov 2019S / N
MAFT 533Human SexualityDr. H. Quagliana09-13 Dec 2019C / H
Spring 2020
MAFT 547Cultural Contexts of Clinical Counseling   Dr. Sargent02-06 Mar 2020C / H
MAFT 531System TheoryDr. Großklaus    20-24 Apr 2020C / H
MYFM 593 Supervision 2Dr. Großklaus11-15 May 2020S / N
COUN 561   Counseling Children and AdolescentsDr. Albright15-19 Jun 2020S / N
Spring 2019 & 2020
COUN 599Research Seminar - Thesis Peparation (Online) Dr. MillironJan - FebC / H
COUN 599ThesisDr. MillironSpring C / H


C / H = Core Course  
S / N = Supplementary Course

Last Update: 22.08.2018

Fees: 510.- EUR/Module