Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

The MA degree in marriage and family therapy requires completion of 60 credits. Candidates must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0, complete a five-semester continuous and uninterrupted clinical training sequence, in which they provide a minimum of 500 direct contact hours of clinical treatment (250 of which must be relational hours) and receive 100 hours of supervision (50 of which must be individual supervision using direct observation of candidates' clinical work). Candidates must evidence required clinical, ethical, and conceptual competencies and pass a comprehensive examination at the end of the program.

The 60-credit master's degree program is typically completed within a 3-6 year period, although students may attend on a full-time basis which will enable them to complete the program more quickly. A personalized program of study is designed for candidates upon admission to determine their progression through the program.

FCA 1: Foundations of Relational/Systemic Theories and Models
FT 0550Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy3
FT 0555Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy3
FCA 2: Clinical Treatment with Individual, Couples, and Families
FT 0450Techniques of Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapy3
FT 0525Divorce, Single-Parenting, and Remarriage3
FT 0552Intervention in Structural and Strategic Family Therapy3
FT 0553Family Therapy Pre-Practicum3
FT 0561Advanced Interventions in Family Therapy3
FT 0567Couples Therapy3
FCA 3: Diverse, Multicultural, and/or Underserved Communities
FT 0433Social Justice and Diversity in Professional Practice3
FCA 4: Research and Evaluation
FT 0556Research in Marriage and Family Therapy3
FCA 5: Professional Identity, Law, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
FT 0425Private Practice and Small Business Management3
FT 0565Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Family Therapy3
FCA 6: Bio-Psycho-Social Health and Development Across the Lifespan
FT 0447Lifespan Human Development3
FCA 7: Systemic/Relational Assessment and Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment
FT 0569Assessment Techniques in Marriage and Family Therapy3
FCA 8: Contemporary Issues
FT 0465Introduction to Substance Abuse and Addictions3
Foundational Clinical Practice
The following courses must be taken in sequence and without interruption:
FT 0559Practicum in Family Therapy I3
FT 0560Practicum in Family Therapy II3
FT 0580Internship in Family Therapy I3
FT 0581Internship in Family Therapy II3
Comprehensive Exam
FT 0099Comprehensive Exam0
Capstone Presentation
Thesis Seminar
Additional Learning
Select from any graduate course offering to complete the 57-credit requirement if waivers are accepted. The following are a sample of possible electives:3
Grief and Loss Counseling
Substance Abuse Interventions
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Trauma and Crisis Intervention
Professional Practice with LGBTQ Youth and Families
Special Topics in Family Therapy (Shell)
Total Credits60