M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

Required Courses
MFT 5301Introduction of Marriage and Family Therapy Theory3
MFT 5302Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy Theory3
MFT 5307Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5309Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Families3
MFT 5313The Person of the Therapist Identification3
MFT 5383Marriage and Family Therapy Pre-Practicum3
MFT 5350Marriage and Family Therapy Research Methods3
MFT 5351Diverse Couples Assessment and Treatment3
MFT 5352Gender and Sexuality in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5353Medical Family Therapy3
MFT 5356Combat Related Trauma3
PSYC 5300Behavioral Statistics3
PSYC 5304Human Development3
Choose 3 of the following9
MFT 5355Treating Military Families
or MFT 5357 Common Factors in Marriage and Family Therapy
or MFT 5358 Group Process in Marriage and Family Therapy
or MFT 5371 Advanced Couples Interventions
or MFT 5372 Relationship Education
or MFT 5380 Addiction in Marriage and Family Therapy
or MFT 5381 Adolescent in Family Therapy
or MFT 5382 Delinquency in Marriage and Family Therapy
MFT 5090Marriage and Family Therapy Theory Comprehensive Examination0
MFT 5391Clinical Practicum I3
MFT 5392Clinical Practicum II3
MFT 5393Clinical Practicum III3
MFT 5394Clinical Practicum IV3
Total Semester Credit Hours60

Course Information and Schedule

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. 

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Program Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy program by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Minimum GRE and GPA combination:
    • Last 60 hour GPA between 2.5 and 2.99: at least 285 (Verbal + Quantitative)
    • Last 60 hour GPA 3.0 or higher: at least 280 (Verbal + Quantitative)
    • Students who have a previous graduate degree from a regionally accredited university are waived from the requirement of a GRE score.
  • Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience: While specific experience not required, previous related work experience may make applicant more competitive.
  • Completed Counseling and Psychology Department Application.
  • Timely submission of admission materials.

Admissions Material

  • Departmental application: The Departmental application can be found online at the Departmental website.
  • References: Three professional references are required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender. The envelope must be submitted unopened. If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind him or her that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
  • Personal Statement: An essay describing your pertinent human services experiences and how they will enhance your development as a marriage and family therapist.
  • Resume/CV: A work experiences résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of any professional licenses currently held.
  • Most recent GRE scores.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and appropriate application of classical and postmodern MFT theories.

  2. Demonstrate basic and systemic therapeutic techniques.

  3. Assess how contextual issues affect individual lives and relational dynamics.

  4. Formulate and execute treatment plans based on individual issues, relational dynamics, and contextual issues.

  5. Assess the influence of their social location and personal experiences on the conceptualization and intervention of cases.

  6. Develop collaborative relationships with other mental health professionals and agencies within the local community.

  7. Demonstrate knowledge of current trends and research methods in the field of marriage and family therapy.


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