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Human Development and Family Science - Marriage & Family Therapy Opt., MS


About the Program

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.


Master of Science in HDFS with Specialization in MFT


Diversity and Program Climate

Diversity encompasses any dimension of differences and diverse perspectives that make each of us unique. It can include but is not limited to national origin, ethnicity, race, color, language, physical or mental disability, gender, age, religion and religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, marital status, family structures and any other category protected by law. Diversity is about acceptance and respect for difference. The HDFS/MFT faculty, in collaboration with students, strive to create a professional climate that promotes and reflects diversity and inclusion. In accordance with the mission of the program and UCM, the program promotes UCM’s values of:


·       Learning

·       Service

·       Diversity

·       Excellence

·       Responsibility

·       Community


·       Adaptability



Program faculty will model and promote collaborative processes with students to establish the desired climate in the program based on values identified above. The program faculty consist of a diverse group of professors who are committed to attracting and supporting a diverse body of students. The University of Central Missouri is committed to attracting and supporting a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff members. We encourage acceptance and respect of individuals with differing values, ideas, beliefs, abilities, and life experiences. The university promotes good citizenship, a sense of civic responsibility, global awareness, and an appreciation for human diversity at all levels.

To learn more about UCM’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please read UCM President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


MFT Program Mission

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.


MFT Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

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.



Race/Ethnicity & Gender

Student Achievement

MFT Program Handbook




Marriage and Family Therapy specialization --54 credits

  • 2 years of coursework with a simultaneous clinic practice component
  • Prepares students to be eligible for licensure in the state of Missouri and many other states
  • On-site student training clinic for direct clinical supervision 

Entrance 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) addressing the following questions:
    • Why are you choosing this degree?
    • How can UCM HDFS degree assist you to reach your career goal?
  • Interview- an interview will be scheduled for eligible candidates

Preference date for applications is February 1; applications will be accepted after the priority date. 


The Marriage and Family Therapy specialization was developed to meet accreditation standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). 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 if you have any questions about the program curriculum and meeting licensure requirements.

Course Sequence

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 in the right column of this document. 



Dr. Jaimee Hartenstein
Program Coordinator
Health Center 101
Tel: 660-543-8358

Central Missouri Clinic for Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy



Dr. Adriatik Likcani
MFT Program Director
Health Center 117
Tel: 660-543-4244


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