Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Graduate Certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling
Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling
Reich College of Education
Leroy Baruth, Chair and Professor
Nickolas Jordan, Graduate Program Director and Assistant Professor
The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling offers the following programs in marriage and family therapy and related areas:
- Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (Major Code: 468A/51.1505)
- Graduate Certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling (447A/51.1505)
In addition, the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling offers the Master of Arts in College Student Development, the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the Master of Arts in Professional School Counseling, and Graduate Certificates in Addiction Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy. These programs are detailed under separate headings in this bulletin. A student proposing to major in any of the degree programs or to seek licensure through the department must be fully admitted as degree seeking.
The department also provides group methods, human relations, and other human development courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the Reich College of Education and the University. These courses are valuable for majors in other departments. A course in life and career planning and courses in leadership development are offered for undergraduate students. The department offers a variety of summer institutes to enhance the learning of both graduate students and practitioners seeking continuing education opportunities in human service fields.
All courses are taught from a multicultural perspective, which emphasizes the differing experiences, cultures, histories, and perspectives of people from a variety of ethnic, gender, racial, and social class backgrounds.
The Marriage & Family Therapy program is designed to prepare counselors to work specifically with families in a wide variety of work settings. The program meets the educational requirements for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and North Carolina licensure.
Students who meet the general graduate school requirements are considered for admission into the Marriage and Family Therapy Program by the Admissions Committee. The committee is comprised of the MFT faculty. In reaching admissions decisions, the committee considers GPA, GPA in major, GPA in related courses, GRE scores, response to the departmental questionnaire, letters of reference and performance in an interview conducted by faculty and current students. There are circumstances in which exceptions may be made.
Accreditation: The Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 1133 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005-2710, (202) 452-0109.
Master Of Arts Program Requirements/Options: The basic requirements for the program are listed below. In addition to the curriculum listed under each program, the following items apply:
- A first master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy requires completion of a minimum of 48 semester hours of approved courses. The thesis option for Marriage and Family Therapy requires a minimum of 48 semester hours of approved course work plus thesis hours (4 s.h.) = 52 total hours.
- A second master's degree requires meeting all program course requirements with a minimum of 36 semester hours.
- Students in CACREP approved programs in the department must meet for a minimum of 10 clock hours in a planned group activity intended to provide direct experiences as a participant in a small group. This requirement is met during HPC 5790 and/or HPC 6720.
- On an individual basis, students may be required to receive professional counseling to aid them in their personal growth.
- The Handbook of Policies and Procedures available in the HPC office provides information on liability insurance, academic appeals, retention policy, personal endorsement policy, admissions policies, and placement services.
- Permission forms to take practica and internships are available in the HPC office and must be completed prior to registration.
- Applicants for Marriage and Family Therapy are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have an interview.
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SYSTEMIC MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING
Admission Requirements: Master's degree* from an accredited college or university or enrollment in a master's program; complete application to the Graduate School; a completed Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling questionnaire.
*Applicants with baccalaureate degrees will be considered for admission provided they have experience working in a mental health related field.
Location: On Campus
|Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling (Code: 447A)|
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 12
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; a completed Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling questionnaire.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.
Location: On Campus
|Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (Code: 468A)|
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 52 (THESIS) or 48
Theoretical Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy:
Assessment and Treatment in Marital and Family Therapy:
|Thesis Option (CHOOSE ONE)|
|0 or 4|
Other Requirements for the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy:
- Thesis: Optional
- Proficiency: None required
- Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
- Comprehensive: Required; students should take the required courses (excluding the Internship) prior to taking the comprehensive exam
- Product of Learning: None required
Note on Prerequisites: Students should pay particular attention to the prerequisites listed in each course description; the curriculum is carefully structured to ensure that students have the necessary prerequisite knowledge before enrolling in courses