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Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MS-MFT)

Students in this thesis only degree program take course work that balances the need to acquire basic knowledge about the family and the developmental processes that take place within it, with the need to obtain extensive relationally/systemically based and multiculturally-informed training and supervision in how one may intervene ethically and effectively in these family processes.

Six students per year are accepted; consequently, admission to this program option is intensely competitive. The MFT Program is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse student cohort. To review the demographic breakdown of our 2016-17 cohort of MFT Faculty, Supervisors and Students click here. Additionally, Student Achievement Data for our graduate program can be reviewed by activating the following: COAMFTE 2016 SAC Data Disclosure for AUBURN UNIVERSITY MFT

Graduates of this program will complete at least 500 therapy hours, 250 of which must be relational. They also will receive at least 100 hours of supervision (individual and group). Fifty of the supervision hours must be via direct observation (live or videotaped).

Students leave this two year program ready to work in entry level family therapy jobs. Additionally, our MFT/M.S. graduates are prepared to and often do pursue doctoral training at Auburn or elsewhere.

M.S. Procedural Guide (pdf)
AU MFT Handbook (pdf)
AU MFT Center Handbook (pdf)
br> MS Appointment of MP & Committee Members (pdf)

Click here for AU Marriage and Family Therapy Center


Required Courses for Master’s Degree: MS-MFT

Option in Human Development and Family Studies

HDFS Core Requirements     7 credits
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Requirements     24 credits
Research Methods/Statistics     6 credits
MFT Internship     9 credits
Thesis     4 credits
Minimum Total (Beyond the Bachelor's Degree)     50 credits

Course Titles and Associated Credits

HDFS Core Requirements (7 credits)

HDFS 7010
Child and Adolescent Development in Context (3)
HDFS 7020
Adult Development in Context (3)
HDFS 7930
Seminar in HDFS (1)

MFT Requirements (24 credits)

HDFS 7600
MFT Theory I (3)
HDFS 7601
MFT Lab I (1) Coreq. HDFS 7600
HDFS 7610
MFT Theory II (3)
HDFS 7620
MFT Clinical Issues I (3)

HDFS 7621
MFT Lab II (1) Coreq. HDFS 7620
HDFS 7630
MFT Clinical Issues II (3)

HDFS 7631
MFT Lab III (1) Coreq. HDFS 7630
HDFS 7640
MFT Clinical Issues III (3)
HDFS 7650
MFT Professional Issues (3)
COUN 7250
Seminar: Advanced Assessment (3)

Research Methods/Statistics (6 credits)

HDFS 7050
Research Methods for HDFS I (3)
HDFS 7060
Research Methods for HDFS II (3)

MFT Internship (9 credits)

HDFS 7920
MFT Internship (3) Repeated 3 times. Pr. HDFS 7631

Months 1-4, students observe therapy sessions and participate in role play exercises as they begin to integrate theoretical and clinical issues.

Months 5-12 include an intensive period of clinical application during which students receive didactic training in specific therapy models, carry a limited client case load and receive live supervision from the clinical faculty.

Year 2, students continue to see clients at the MFT Center and complete the bulk of their clinical hours during an internship placement in the community.

When they complete the master's degree, MFT students have a minimum of 500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Thesis (Minimum of 4 credits)

HDFS 7990
Research & Thesis

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