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Human Development and Family Science - Marriage and Family Therapy

12 months
678 USD/credit 36612 USD/year
678 USD/credit 36612 USD/year
339 USD/credit 18306 USD/year
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The Human Development and Family Science - Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of Central Missouri aims to train clinically competent Marriage and Family Therapists through quality academic instruction and supervised clinical practice.


The Human Development and Family Science graduate program issues one Master of Science degree with two connected and distinct specialization areas: Human Development and Family Science, consisting of 30 credit hours, and Human Development and Family Science with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, consisting of 54 credit hours. These two emphasis areas share foundational courses and the Marriage and Family Therapy students complete additional courses and clinical training.

The Human Development and Family Science - Marriage and Family Therapy program goal at the University of Central Missouri is to train therapists that are clinically effective, guided by an awareness of systemic processes, devoted to multicultural competence, and to ethical and evidence-based practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

All Human Development and Family Science graduates will demonstrate competence in the following National Council on Family Relations’ competencies:

  • Families and individuals in societal contexts: an understanding of families and their relationship to other institutions, such as educational, governmental, religious, and occupational institutions in society.
  • Internal Dynamics of Families: an understanding of family strengths and weaknesses and how family members relate to each other.
  • Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan: an understanding of the developmental changes of individuals in families throughout the lifespan.
  • Human Sexuality: an understanding of the physiological, psychological, & social aspects of sexual development throughout the lifespan, to achieve healthy sexual adjustment.
  • Interpersonal Relationships: An understanding of the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships.
  • Family Resource Management: An understanding of the decisions individuals and families make about developing and allocating resources including time, money, material assets, energy, friends, neighbors, and space, to meet their goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical Foundations of Couple and Family Therapy
  • Theories of Couple and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Couple and Family Therapy
  • Couples and Sex Therapy
  • Systemic Treatment of Children and Families
  • Systemic Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Students Staying in Their Home Country deadline: 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the semester.


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Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Be fully admitted by UCM Graduate Studies
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum undergraduate 2.50 GPA or 3.00 minimum in undergraduate major
  • Have completed at least nine college credit hours in social or behavioral sciences. Based on transcript analyses, students may be required to complete up to 15 credit hours of background courses in HDFS prior to taking graduate-level courses.
  • Submit three reference forms
  • Submit Admission Essay (500 words maximum)
  • Interview - an interview will be scheduled for eligible candidates

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 678 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    36612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 678 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18306 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 339 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Warrensburg

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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