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Marriage and Family Therapy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) , MS,
If you’re looking for an intensive training experience, consider our COAMFTE accredited MFT program. Our mission is to prepare highly skilled and ethical mental health clinicians. We fulfill our mission through a student-focused process that results in enhanced self-awareness, more authentic relationships, and more effective clinical skills.


Our students engage in focused clinical training that includes the provision of 500 hours of direct therapy services through both our on-site training clinic and community placements.

What Will I Learn?

  • Students enrolled in the academic and clinical training in the MFT program advance their knowledge and skills in the following areas:
  • Development of genuine relationships with self and others
  • Increased self-awareness, healthy boundaries, and self-worth
  • Assessment and diagnosis of mental illness
  • Joining and creating an effective therapeutic alliance
  • Application of therapy models and interventions that promote change
  • Enhanced understanding of diversity and global awareness
  • Provision of therapy services to individuals, couples, and families


The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at USM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Mississippi.

Programme Structure

  • A hallmark of the MFT program is faculty/student mentoring. Faculty maintain an open-door policy and invite dialogue. 
  • Although the program’s focus on personal growth can be intense, faculty are actively engaged in the process through experiential activities, feedback, and group exploration that enhance self-awareness and promote therapist development. 
  • Faculty serve as clinical supervisors participating in live supervision and observation in our clinic, where students receive real-time feedback and guidance as they enhance their clinical skills.

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

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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).

General Requirements

  • 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

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

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

    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

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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