Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MS-MFT)

Students in this thesis only degree program take course work that balances the need to acquire basic knowledge about the family and developmental processes that take place within it, with the need to obtain extensive relationally/systemically based and multiculturally-informed training and supervision in how one may intervene ethically and effectively in these family processes.

Six students per year are accepted; consequently, admission to this program option is intensely competitive.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse student cohort. To review the demographic breakdown of our 2018-19 cohort of MFT Faculty, Supervisors and Students click here. Additionally, Student Achievement Data for our graduate program can be reviewed by activating the following: COAMFTE 2018 SAC Data Disclosure for AUBURN UNIVERSITY MFT

Graduates of this program complete at least 500 therapy hours, 250 of which must be relational. They also will receive at least 100 hours of supervision (individual and group). Fifty of the supervision hours must be via direct observation (live or videotaped).

Students leave this two year program ready to work in entry level family therapy jobs. Additionally, our MFT/M.S. graduates are prepared to and often do pursue doctoral training at Auburn or elsewhere.

M.S. Procedural Guide (pdf)
AU MFT Program Handbook (pdf)
AU MFT Center Handbook (pdf)

Click here for AU Marriage and Family Therapy Center

Required Courses for Master’s Degree: MS-MFT

Option in Human Development and Family Studies

HDFS Core Requirements     7 credits
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Requirements     24 credits
Research Methods/Statistics     6 credits
MFT Internship     9 credits
Thesis     4 credits
Minimum Total (Beyond the Bachelor's Degree)     50 credits

Course Titles and Associated Credits

HDFS Core Requirements (7 credits)

HDFS 7010
Child and Adolescent Development in Context (3)
HDFS 7020
Adult Development in Context (3)
HDFS 7930
Seminar in HDFS (1)

MFT Requirements (24 credits)

HDFS 7600
MFT Theory I (3)
HDFS 7601
MFT Lab I (1) Coreq. HDFS 7600
HDFS 7610
MFT Theory II (3)
HDFS 7620
MFT Clinical Issues I (3)
HDFS 7621
MFT Lab II (1) Coreq. HDFS 7620
HDFS 7630
MFT Clinical Issues II (3)
HDFS 7631
MFT Lab III (1) Coreq. HDFS 7630
HDFS 7640
MFT Clinical Issues III (3)
HDFS 7650
MFT Professional Issues (3)
COUN 7250
Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis in Counseling (3)

Research Methods/Statistics (6 credits)

HDFS 7050
Research Methods for HDFS I (3)
HDFS 7060
Research Methods for HDFS II (3)

MFT Internship (9 credits)

HDFS 7920
MFT Internship (3) Pr. HDFS 7631 [Repeated 3 times]

Months 1-4, students observe therapy sessions and participate in role play exercises as they begin to integrate theoretical and clinical issues.

Months 5-12 include an intensive period of clinical application during which students receive didactic training in specific therapy models, carry a limited client case load and receive live supervision from the clinical faculty at the AU MFT Center.

Year 2, students continue to see clients at the AU MFT Center while completing the bulk of their clinical hours during an internship placement in the community.

When they complete the master's degree, MFT students have a minimum of 500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Thesis (Minimum of 4 credits)

HDFS 7990
Research & Thesis