Master of Science in Family Therapy

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

60 semester credit hours (thesis or non-thesis option).

Clinical coursework includes at least 3 semesters of Internship in Family Therapy with 500 hours of direct client contact hours (including a minimum of 200 hours with couples or families) and 100 hours of supervision (including a minimum of 50 hours of supervision utilizing observable data).

Special Requirements

No grade below B is accepted towards any graduate degree in the Department of Family Sciences. If more than one grade below B is earned while enrolled in any Family Sciences graduate program, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Final Examination

Students complete either a professional paper or a thesis, as well as a final examination consisting of a presentation and oral defense of this document. The student’s advisory committee determines the outcome of the exam. The exam may be repeated if deemed appropriate by the student's advisory committee, with the approval of the department chair. The advisory committee should consist of three faculty members, all of whom must hold Graduate Faculty status, and at least two of whom must be Family Sciences faculty from the Family Therapy component.

Thesis Option (60 semester credit hours)

Family Therapy Core
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5023Family Sexuality3
FS 5123Theories of the Family3
FS 5353Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors3
FS 5553Principles of Couple Therapy3
FS 5563Foundations of Family Therapy Theory3
FS 5813Women and Minority Issues in Sex and Family Therapy3
FS 5853Family Systems (must be taken with FS 5543)3
FS 5863Issues and Ethics in Professional Development (must be taken with FS 5903 )3
FS 5883Family of Origin3
Professional Competencies
FS 5543Prepracticum in Family Therapy3
FS 5513Practicum in Family Therapy3
FS 5544Internship in Family Therapy (3 consecutive semesters minimum. Students must complete applications and be approved during the semester preceding enrollment for each semester of Internship.)12
Research
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 5193Statistics for Family Sciences3
FS 5983Thesis3
FS 5993Thesis3
Total SCHs60

Non-Thesis Option (60 semester credit hours)

Family Therapy Core
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5023Family Sexuality3
FS 5123Theories of the Family3
FS 5353Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors3
FS 5553Principles of Couple Therapy3
FS 5563Foundations of Family Therapy Theory3
FS 5813Women and Minority Issues in Sex and Family Therapy3
FS 5853Family Systems (must be taken with FS 5543)3
FS 5863Issues and Ethics in Professional Development (must be taken with FS 5903 )3
FS 5883Family of Origin3
Professional Competencies
FS 5543Prepracticum in Family Therapy3
FS 5513Practicum in Family Therapy3
FS 5544Internship in Family Therapy (3 consecutive semesters minimum. Students must complete applications and be approved during the semester preceding enrollment for each semester of Internship.)12
Research
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 5193Statistics for Family Sciences3
Specialization
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Grief and Bereavement
Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood
Adolescents Development Within the Family
Psychological Appraisal of the Individual
Group Counseling Procedures
Multicultural Counseling
Aging in Families and Society
Addiction Counseling
Child Guidance
Health, Illness, and Families
Total SCHs60