Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Marriage and Family Therapy, M.S.

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


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/.

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

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 one letter from an undergraduate faculty member who had you in a course)
•    A statement of intent/purpose
•    A current resume
•    GRE Scores
•    Interview with faculty members
•    Pre-requisite: An undergraduate a statistics course. 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)

Students will conduct face-to-face clinical hours with individuals, couples, and families during their field placements.  A designated percentage of the face to face hours must be relational in nature, in accordance with Florida MFT licensure laws.  

Comprehensive Exam

Students will complete a Capstone experience, which will serve in lieu of a Comprehensive Exam.

Thesis or Non-Thesis (6 Credit Hours minimum)

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