Couple and Family Therapy, Master of Science (M.S.)

Non-Thesis option: 60 credits
Thesis option: 60 credits

Students in the non-thesis option must complete a total of 45 credits. Students in the thesis option must complete 51 credits including six credits of FMSC799, and successfully pass the written and oral defense of the thesis. 

Supervised client contact begins in the student’s first semester. Clinical students are required to gain 400 hours of face-to-face client contact, and 250 of these hours must be relational (with couples or families). The Center for Healthy Families, the couple and family therapy clinic operated by the Department, offers the opportunity to gain these hours. Clinical students receive 100 hours of supervision, both individual and group, for their client contact hours. Supervision in the Department’s clinic is provided through a range of techniques including case discussion, one-way mirror observation, video review, co-therapy, and telephone consultation during live sessions. Students may choose to do some of their clinical work in a variety of available externship sites in the local area.

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
SPHL600Foundations of Public Health3
FMSC640Family Therapy: Theory and Techniques3
FMSC650Ethical, Legal, and Professional Principles in Couple and Family Therapy3
FMSC658Supervised Clinical Practice in Couple and Family Therapy9
FMSC610Research Methods in Family Science3
FMSC651Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disorders in the Family Context3
FMSC745Diversity and Social Justice In Couple and Family Therapy3
FMSC645Sexuality: Issues in Family Therapy and Service Delivery3
FMSC654Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy Practice3
FMSC641Couples Therapy, Theory, and Techniques3
FMSC642Normal and Abnormal Individual and Family Development3
FMSC652Psychopathology and Diagnosis in Family Systems3
FMSC653Advanced Application of CFT Models and Techniques3
Non-Thesis/Thesis Option15
Non-Thesis students take 15 credits from the list below, whereas Thesis students take 9 credits from the list along with 6 credits of FMSC799)
Violence in Families
Family Therapy with Children and Adolescents
(Trauma & Addiction in Family Life)
Testing and Assessment in Couple and Family Therapy (Testing and Assessment in Couple and Family Therapy)
Integrative LGBTQIA+ Clinical Knowledge and Techniques for Family, Couple and Varie
Other courses with permission of program director
Master's Thesis Research
Total Credits60