The Master of Science(MS) in Marriage and Family Therapy provides the knowledge and skills needed to become a licensed marriage and family therapist and an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow. This 60-credit degree program prepares graduates for work in private practice, counseling centers, mental health agencies, hospitals, family service clinics, shelters, and state departments for children and family services.
Marriage and family therapy is one of the core mental health disciplines, and is based on the research and theory that mental illness and family issues are best treated in a systemic context. Therapists in this area focus on understanding their clients’ symptoms and interaction patterns within their existing environment. All licensed marriage and family therapists are trained and licensed to independently treat mental health and substance abuse issues within an individual, couple, and family format.