The CACREP accredited Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Master of Arts program prepares students for licensure in marriage and family therapy and practice in agencies, private practice, and other settings.
CURRICULUMThe CACREP accredited Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy MA program requires a minimum of 63 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 6 credit hours of core courses, 45 credit hours of specialization courses (including 3 credit hours of an elective), and 12 credit hours of professional clinical experience.
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The CACREP accredited
Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy MA program prepares students for Florida
licensure in marriage and family therapy. The program requires a minimum of 63
credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, including 6 credit hours of core
courses, 45 credit hours of specialization (including 3 credit hours of an
elective), and 12 credit hours of professional clinical experiences.
Required Courses—51 Credit Hours
Core—6 Credit Hours
- EDF 6155 Lifespan Human Development and Learning (3 credit
- EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3
Specialization—45 Credit Hours
- MHS 5005 Introduction to the Counseling Profession (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6430 Family Counseling I (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6431 Family Counseling
II (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6440 Couples Counseling (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6070 Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6220 Individual Psychoeducational Testing I (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6400 Theories of Counseling and Personality (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6401 Techniques of Counseling (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6420 Foundations of Multicultural Counseling (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6450 Addictions Counseling (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6470 Human Sexuality and
Relationships (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6500 Group Procedures and Theories
in Counseling (3 credit hours)
- MHS 6702 Ethical and Legal Issues (3
- SDS 6347 Career Development (3 credit hours)
- Elective approved by adviser (3 credit hours)
Clinical Experience—12 Credit Hours
The clinical experiences are
comprised of two sections, Practicum and Internship. Both are experiential in
nature and are independent learning activities that take place in authentic
settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and
skills acquired in the program to their work with actual clients. The practicum
is conducted on campus in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and
the internship is conducted at various clinical sites around central Florida.
- MHS 6803 Practicum in Counselor Education (3 credit hours)*
- MHS 6803 Practicum in Counselor Education (3 credit hours)*
- MHS 6830 Counseling Internship (3 credit hours)**
- MHS 6830 Counseling
Internship (3 credit hours)**
* Prerequisites for MHS 6803
Practicum in Counselor Education are the following: MHS 5005, MHS 6070, MHS
6400, MHS 6401, MHS 6500, and MHS 6702. A minimum of 27 credit hours are
required prior to beginning the practicum.
** The prerequisite for MHS 6830 Counseling Internship is a "B" or better in all sections of MHS 6803 as
well as MHS 6420.
Additional Program Requirements
- Achieve at least a GPA of 3.0 in counseling specialization
- Achieve a "B" or better in MHS 5005, MHS 6401, MHS 6803, and MHS 6830.
- Complete a total of 1100 hours of clinical
experiences, 200 of which will be in the UCF Community Counseling and Research
Center and 900 of which are field-based experiences in the community.
- Complete a portfolio and receive approval by Counselor Education
- Complete a professional exit examination.
- Given the
experiential, competency, and performance-based nature of the courses taken
by Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy students, students are limited to
taking a maximum of three (3) courses per semester. However, if students
believe they can verify a need to take more than three courses, they should
consult with their academic advisor for approval guidelines. Students who
have not received prior approval and who register for more than three courses
per semester will be administratively dropped from any courses over the
Independent LearningPractica and internships are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. The internship experience provides students with the practical experience of providing hands-on services for a variety of clients and presenting concerns. Such services may include, but are not limited to, individual, couple, family, and group counseling with children, adolescents, and adults. Client concerns range from developmental and relational concerns to more severe pathology.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general
UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each
- Official, competitive GRE score taken
within the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Goal statement.
The Master of Arts in
Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy program can accommodate only a limited
number of students; therefore, there is a possibility of being denied admission
even when all criteria are met.
The College of Education and Human
Performance reserves the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a
student after admission to the Counselor Education program, if in the
judgement of the faculty the student demonstrates unacceptable personal
fitness to work in the counseling field with children, youth, and/or adults.
A formal interview is required and will be scheduled after the College
of Education and Human Performance admission requirements are met. The
interview dates for March and October will be posted on our Counselor
Education website. Attendance at the program orientation session at 4:30
p.m. on the Thursday before classes begin, in the semester to which the
student applied, is mandatory.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.