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Marriage and Family Therapy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) , MS,
The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program is to prepare competent and ethical mental health professionals dedicated to improving the human condition through both prevention and intervention. Program faculty emphasize a multilevel, systemic perspective that includes individual internal relationship processes and reflects cultural meanings, constraints, and global complexity.


Research studies repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of marriage and family therapy in treating a wide range of mental and emotional disorders and health problems. MFTs treat individuals, couples, and families from holistic perspective emphasizing resiliency and strength.


The University of Southern Mississippi Marriage and Family Therapy Program (M.S.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to the Practice of MFT
  • Assessment and Diagnosis in MFT I
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Theories
  • Assessment and Diagnosis in MFT II
  • Advanced Studies of MFT II
  • Individual and Family Life Cycle
  • Practicum in MFT
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in MFT

                                            Detailed Programme Facts

                                            • Programme intensity

                                              You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                                              • Full-time duration 24 months
                                              • Average part-time duration 48 months
                                            • Languages
                                              • English
                                            • Delivery mode
                                              On Campus

                                            English Language Requirements

                                            You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                            • Minimum required score:


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                                            Academic Requirements

                                            You need the following GPA score:

                                            Required score: 2.75

                                            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                            • GRE scores - verbal and analytical/writing components
                                            • A minimum of 2.75 undergraduate GPA (college transcripts)
                                            • Three letters of reference that can speak to your ability to succeed in graduate school and to your emotional stability and maturity. At least two of these letters should be from former professors who are familiar with your academic work.
                                            • A written essay that identifies your personal statement of goals, and
                                            • A personal interview with the program director and the clinical faculty.

                                            Tuition Fee

                                            • International Applies to you

                                              592 USD/credit
                                              Tuition Fee
                                              Based on the original amount of 592 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                                            • National Applies to you

                                              592 USD/credit
                                              Tuition Fee
                                              Based on the original amount of 592 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                                            • In-State Applies to you

                                              480 USD/credit
                                              Tuition Fee
                                              Based on the original amount of 480 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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                                            Living costs for West Hattiesburg

                                            • 800 - 1300 USD/month
                                              Living Costs

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