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    Oct 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Marriage and Family Therapy, M.S.


Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Contact Information

College: Behavioral & Community Sciences
Department: Child and Family Studies

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, is designed for students who are seeking to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. The program is a 60 credit hour terminal degree. Students will be trained and educated to be competent marriage and family therapists who will help to meet the growing job demand for the state of Florida. The curriculum is based on Florida’s state licensure requirements, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Code of Ethics, Marriage and Family Therapy core competences, the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) National licensure examination domains, and national accreditation standards from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). A thesis option is available for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy after successfully completing the master’s degree. Graduates from the program will be employable in behavioral health agencies, private practice, hospitals, Veteran Affairs (VA), and both residential and outpatient facilities.  For a complete description of the Department and its program, visit the department’s Web page at: https://www.usf.edu/cbcs/cfs/academics/mft/.


Major Research Areas:

Marriage and Family Therapy, MFT, Couples and Family Therapy, Couples Counseling, Systemic Family Therapy, Relational Therapy, Systems Theory

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

•    Three letters of recommendation (at least two need to be academic letters)
•    A statement of intent/purpose
•    A current resume
•    GRE Scores
•    Interview with faculty members
•    Pre-requisite: a statistics course, 3000 level or above. Course must be completed before the first semester of admissions.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 60 Credit Hours

  • Core - 42 Credit Hours
  • Field Placement - 12 Credit Hours
  • Thesis or Non-thesis - 6 Credit Hours

Field Placement (12 Credit Hours)


In total, students will complete 500 hours of face-to-face clinical hours with individuals, couples, and families during their field placements.  Forty percent (40%) of the hours (200) must be relational.  Maximum of 100 hours of group or live reflecting teams can be counted as part of the 500 hours.

Comprehensive Exam


Students complete a Capstone experience as part of their MHS 6947 practicum.  A theory of change/therapy presentation and paper during final semester in practicum will serve in lieu of a Comprehensive Exam.

Thesis or Non-Thesis (6 Credit Hours minimum)