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Marriage and Family Therapy, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, AR,
Harding’s goal has been to provide quality training that prepares its MSMFT graduates to serve as therapists in agencies, inpatient psychiatric or residential settings, counseling ministers in congregations, as counselors in private mental health practices and in various other capacities in psychotherapeutic settings.


  • The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy consists of 60 semester hours course work, 500 hours of face-to-face direct-client-contact therapy (with at least 40% being with couples and families), and 100 hours of faculty supervision (of which 50% or more should be individual supervision).   Recommendation for the granting of the MSMFT degree requires the completion of prescribed course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and completion of the client contact and supervision hours.
  • Students seeking to become Licensed Professional Counselors in Arkansas (and other states) are encouraged to take six (6) additional hours, which are offered by our program, thus meeting the academic requirements for LPC as well.
  • Students are required to demonstrate working knowledge of the DSM-5 prior to beginning practicum.  Students must indicate A or B level of competence in MFT 611 or satisfy remedial work approved by the program director. Practicum in the Clinic may begin during the latter part of the spring semester.  Beginning date is determined by client load and contact hours of the second year class.
  • Third semester initiates clinical practicum (3 hours) and nine (9) hours of academic course load.  Students will continue practicum for four semesters, and are evaluated continuously during that period.
  • In addition to completion of course work and 500 hours of therapy, students are required to demonstrate pre-professional competence in the following areas before final approval for graduation: personal maturity and integrity, adherence to Harding University’s Code of Conduct, conceptual understanding of personal and interpersonal behavior, familiarity with marriage and family theory and therapy literature, coherent therapeutic methodology, insight into own personality, and sound ethical judgment culminating in a satisfactory internship experience.
  • Programme Structure

    • General Systems Theories 
    • Basic Counseling 
    • Diagnosis of Abnormal Behavior/DSM/Psychopathology 
    • Life Span Development - Parent/Child Interaction 

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

    • Minimum required score:


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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 3

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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).

    • 1. Application Form. 
    • 2. Application Fee. 
    • 3. Academic. The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college and have an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses taken at graduate level at all schools attended. 
    • Transcripts.
    • 4. Graduate Record Examination. 
    • 5. TOEFL.
    • 6. Assessment Instrument.
    • 7. Letters of Recommendation. A minimum of three letters of recommendation .
    • 8. Resume. 
    • 9. Statement of Professional Goals

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      756 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 756 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National Applies to you

      756 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 756 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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    per credit

    Living costs for Searcy

    • 870 - 1270 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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