Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy Graduate Certificate

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :CRT
Department : Child, Family and Community Sciences Option : N/A
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The Graduate Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy is housed within the Counselor Education Program in the College of Education and Human Performance. The certificate program is designed to provide advanced training to students in the Counselor Education and Social Work programs and for practicing counselors and therapists working with families, couples, and children.


The Graduate Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy requires 15 credit hours. The Practicum in Counselor Education (MHS 6803) and the Counseling Internship (MHS 6830) must be taken in separate semesters. Among the total hours accumulated in these clinical experiences, at least 180 hours of direct client contact must be dedicated to work with couples, families, and unmarried dyads. For Social Work students, the certificate requires 17 credit hours, enrollment in either the part-time or full-time Clinical Field Seminar is acceptable, and all course work is specific to Social Work.

Total Credit Hours Required:
15-17 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—15 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 6803 Practicum in Counselor Education (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6830 Counseling Internship (3 credit hours)

Required Courses for Social Work Students—17 Credit Hours

  • SOW 5106 Human Behavior and Social Environment II: Social Systems (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6612 Clinical Practice with Families (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6531 Full-time Clinical Field Seminar I (4 credit hours)**
  • SOW 6536 Full-time Clinical Field Seminar II (4 credit hours)**
  • MHS 6440 Couples Counseling (College of Education) (3 credit hours)

**For this certificate program, the following part-time clinical courses meet the 8 hour field seminar sequence: 

  • SOW 6561 Part-time Clinical Field Seminar (3 credit hours) 
  • SOW 6562 Part-time Clinical Field Seminar (2 credit hours)
  • SOW 6563 Part-time Clinical Field Seminar (3 credit hours) 

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Application Deadlines

Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
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Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
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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.