Relationships matter.

A degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Studies prepares you to participate in impacting our community by building lasting marriages, raising Godly children and influencing our culture where God restores individuals and families.

An emphasis in Marriage and Family Studies major prepares students for a wide range of careers in human services, marriage and family counseling, community and public health agencies, as well as church and parachurch organizations.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Social Science
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Program Details

    • Major Credit Hours: 48
    • Career Opportunities:
      • Adoption counselor
      • Case manager
      • Group home manager
      • Parent educator
      • Substance abuse counselor
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    More Career Opportunities

    Following advanced study at the graduate degree level in an area such as Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling, you may qualify to obtain a role as an:

    • Administrator and Professor
    • Marriage & Family Therapist
    • Psychologist
    • Social Worker
  • Degree Completion

    You can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Marriage & Family Studies) degree in four years.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide to preview the steps required to complete your degree.

    Internship Opportunities

    As an undergraduate student, you can gain valuable professional experience by interning in a human service setting such as a youth services agency, group home, hospital, healthcare facility, mental health agency, domestic violence center, adoption agency, or foster care program. Recently, Cornerstone University students have interned with:

    • Alpha Women's Center
    • Bethany Christian Services
    • Calvary Church
    • D.A. Blodgett for Children
    • Hope Network Pivot Crisis Center
    • Lutheran Child & Family Services
    • Pine Rest Christian Hospital
    • Pregnancy Resource Center
    • Wedgwood Christian Services

Career Outcomes

Marriage and Family Studies graduates are currently employed at psychiatric hospitals, churches, private and group practices, pregnancy crisis centers, college counseling centers, education, and various community mental health centers.