Marriage and Family Therapy, MS


Program Description

The Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program is to prepare competent and ethical mental health professionals dedicated to improving the human condition through both prevention and intervention. As such, this degree will provide necessary experience to prepare students for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists, with the curriculum providing extensive opportunities through clinical practicum courses to develop their skills in practical environments. Program faculty emphasize a multilevel, systemic perspective that includes individual internal relationship processes and reflects cultural meanings, constraints, and global complexity, with a particular focus on working with children.

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Family & Consumer Science, Human Development, or other closely-related field
  • Completion of the following coursework: Introduction to Psychology/General Psychology, Lifespan Development (or equivalent), and Abnormal Psychology
  • GRE or MAT score at or about the 40th percentile
  • 3.0 or higher GPA on last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Completion of interview process

Program Curriculum

51 credits

MFT 6060Individual and Family Life Cycle3
MFT 6100Couples Therapy3
MFT 6300Introduction to the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 6325Gender and Culture in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 6330Introduction to MFT Theories I3
MFT 6340Advanced Studies of MFT Theories II3
MFT 6350Parents and Children: Problem Resolution3
MFT 6355MFT with Children (Play Therapy)3
MFT 6360Ethics and Professional Issues in MFT3
MFT 6370Assessment and Diagnosis in MFT3
MFT 6380Practice of Family Research3
MFT 6390Marriage and Family Therapy Pre-Practicum1
MFT 6391RPracticum in Marriage and Family Therapy8
MFT 6400Addiction and Crisis Intervention3
MFT 6970RThesis6
Total Hours51

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of 51 approved credits, including an additional 6 credit hours of thesis preparation.  
  2. GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  3. Application for graduation by dates posted.
  4. Final approval for graduation through the Graduate Council.
  5. Completion of all other program and university requirements.