Become an ethical, multiculturally competent marriage and family therapist with the University of Central Missouri’s Human Development and Family Science MS - Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) option. UCM’s marriage and family therapy degree is the only graduate program of its kind in a public university in the state of Missouri.
Throughout your coursework, you’ll learn from UCM faculty who are engaged with the profession at the local, state and national levels. Their commitment to your success, however, is always their first priority. You’ll work closely with your mentors to build the cultural competencies and practice skills you need to build a successful career.
Which Human Development and Family Science MS is right for you?
UCM offers two tracks for the Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) MS degree. If your aim is to become a marriage counselor or family therapist, the two-year MFT degree option will give you the practical skills to do just that.
The one-year, non-clinical Human Development and Family Science track is the best fit for your graduate education if you want to work in the field of human services for a nonprofit or governmental organization.
Accreditation and Licensure
UCM’s Human Development and Family Science – MFT degree option was designed to meet the accreditation standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE). As a newer program, our degree in marriage and family therapy is currently going through the official accreditation process. Our Master’s Program will meet the licensure requirements of most states that follow COAMFTE accreditation and can help you train for a Ph.D. Please contact MFT Program Director, Dr. Adriatik Likcani email@example.com if you have any questions about the program curriculum and meeting licensure requirements.
Accredited by COAMFTE
Only public university MFT degree in MO
Meets criteria for state licensure in MO
100% job and grad school placement rate
Two-year MFT degree program
Accredited by AAMFT
Take engaging courses that will develop your skills as a clinically effective therapist through your degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Central Missouri. You’ll also build additional skills, such as program evaluation, that will help you succeed in your field through classes such as:
Thesis track vs. integrative project track
Choose between a thesis and non-thesis track to complete your MFT degree. If you plan to pursue doctoral studies in order to teach or perform research, the thesis track will start you on that path.
If your goal after completing your Marriage and Family Therapy degree is to become a therapist, the non-thesis track will give you the best preparation. The non-thesis track for UCM’s master’s degree in marriage and family therapy focuses on an integrative project course. Learn important grant-writing skills to help you in your future practice by identifying a public health topic you’re interested in and developing a grant proposal to support it.
You’ll have numerous opportunities for active engagement in the University of Central Missouri’s Marriage and Family Therapy degree:
Graduates of the University of Central Missouri’s Marriage and Family Therapy degree have a 100% job or continuing education placement rate. In fact, most of our graduates find employment or are accepted into a doctoral program before they even graduate from UCM with their MFT degree.
Most of our students who pursue therapeutic practice after graduation join community-based agencies or private clinics, including community mental health centers, substance use disorder treatment centers, domestic violence shelters and private counseling practices.
If you’re interested in becoming a full-time researcher or teaching at the university level, you’ll be prepared to continue your education in a related doctoral program.
Marriage and Family Therapy degree jobs
Use the interactive tool below to learn how you can apply your Marriage and Family Therapy degree to a variety of career paths. You can also discover information about salary expectations, job growth predictions and more.
At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll get a high-value degree at a cost you can afford. It’s one of the reasons that LendEDU has recognized UCM as a top-ranked university for low student debt.
To help you finance your graduate education, we provide access to resources such as scholarships, grants, tuition awards, assistantships, federal financial aid guidance and more.
Additional funding may also be available through the UCM Alumni Foundation. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.
You may also be able to obtain additional funding for your degree in family counseling and marriage therapy through national fellowships and foundations. To learn more, contact our program coordinator.
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The Marriage and Family Therapy specialization aims to train clinically competent Marriage and Family Therapists through quality academic instruction and supervised clinical practice. Our goal 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.
The MFT Specialization Goals & Student Learning Outcomes are based on the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Core Competencies, Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB), the Missouri State Committee of Marital & Family Therapists, and the AAMFT Code of Ethics. Pursuant to our mission, the Marriage and Family Therapy specialization has established four overarching goals. Each of these goals informs Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) by which we measure success.
Program Goal 1: Clinical Effectiveness
SLO 1: Students will demonstrate fundamental skills of therapy and family systems theories with individuals, couples, and families.
SLO 2: Students will demonstrate ability to effectively apply therapy models and interventions to individuals, couples, and families.
Program Goal 2: Diversity
SLO 3: Students will demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to their and the clients’ cultural and other contextual factors, particularly as related to privilege and marginalized and underserved communities.
Program Goal 3: Ethics and Professional Development
SLO 4: Students will demonstrate competence in managing legal and ethical issues related to the practice of marriage and family therapy.
SLO 5: Students will demonstrate collaborative, systemic, multidisciplinary practice skills.
SLO 6: Students will demonstrate professionalism across clinical and professional contexts.
Program Goal 4: Theory, Research and Practice
SLO 7: Students will demonstrate understanding of human development and family science theories.
SLO 8: Students will demonstrate competence in evaluating and integrating research on best practices to inform their practice.
Preference date for applications is February 1; applications will be accepted after the priority date.
Courses are offered in the graduate program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Upon admission to the program, you will work wtih the HDFS Coordinator to schedule your first semester classes. Subsequent semesters, you will work with your faculty advisor for course scheduling options and advice. Students pursuing the Marriage and Family Therapy Option of the Human Development and Family Science, MS degree can view the course sequence for fall 2020-summer 2021 in the right column of this document.
The Marriage and Family Therapy specialization was developed to meet accreditation standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). As a recently established program, we are currently in the process of applying for accreditation. Our Master’s Program will meet the licensure requirements of most states that follow COAMFTE accreditation. Please contact MFT Program Director, Dr. Adriatik Likcani firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the program curriculum and meeting licensure requirements.