Couple and Family Therapy (MS)
Applications to the Master of Science in CFT program must include the following:
- Completed Graduate School application and application fee
- Earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Two recommendations from former instructors or supervisors
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Family of Origin paper (a description of formative experiences in one’s family)
- Professional Statement (a description of career goals and reasons for seeking this degree)
- Overall GPA of 3.0 recommended; applicants with incoming GPAs under 3.0 must submit an addendum discussing gaps or deficiencies in applicant’s academic record. Include planned strategies for maintaining the required 3.0 in Graduate School.
Standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).
To graduate with the MS in CFT, students must complete all required coursework and meet the following standards:
- Complete the program within 4 years of beginning coursework
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 at program completion
- Minimum of 500 client contact hours
- Minimum of 200 relational hours
- Minimum 50 raw (audio, video, or live) supervision hours
- No more than two (six credit hours) C grades in the MSCFT program
Typically, credit from a maximum of four courses may be transferred in from other master's degree programs upon approval by Director.
|MSSW 601||Human Behavior in the Social Environment I||3|
|MSSW 603||Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice Practice||3|
|MSSW 619||Human Behavior in the Social Environment II||3|
|MSSW 626||Research Methodology and Design||3|
|MSSW 633||Social Work and Human Sexuality||3|
|MCFT 700||Foundations of Couple and Family Therapy: Theory and Practice||3|
|MCFT 701||Family Therapy Assessment and Treatment in Diverse Populations||3|
|MCFT 702||Couple Therapy: Theory and Practice||3|
|MCFT 703||Contemporary Issues, Community Intersections & Collaborations in CFT||3|
|MCFT 704||Integrating Family Therapy: Theory and Practice||3|
|MCFT 705||Professional Issues & Ethics in Couple & Family Therapy||3|
|MCFT 706||Foundations of Couple and Family Therapy: Theory and Practice II||3|
|MCFT 710||Couple and Family Therapy Practicum I||1|
|MCFT 711||Couple and Family Therapy Practicum II||1|
|MCFT 712||Couple and Family Therapy Practicum III||2|
|MCFT 713||Couple and Family Therapy Practicum IV||1|
|MCFT 714||Couple and Family Therapy Practicum V||1|
|MCFT 721||Family Therapy Supervision I||3|
|MCFT 722||Family Therapy Supervision II||3|
|MCFT 723||Family Therapy Supervision III||3|
|MCFT 724||Family Therapy Supervision IV||3|
|MCFT 725||Family Therapy Supervision V||3|
|Minimum Total Hours||60|
Students interested in pursuing an optional concentration in Alcohol and Drug Counseling complete nine (9) credit hours of coursework in addition to the 60 credit hours of core program coursework.
Alcohol and Drug Counseling Concentration Coursework
|MSSW 660||Motivation and Change: The Process of Change and Strategies to Elicit Intrinsic Motivation.||3|
|MSSW 661||Special Issues in Alcohol and Drug Counseling||3|
|MSSW 662||Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders||3|
|Minimum Total Hours||9|
MSCFT students completing a concentration in Alcohol and Drug Counseling will complete their advanced-year CFT practicum in a specialized setting working with populations affected by substance abuse.
The Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy program and the concentration in Alcohol and Drug Counseling prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure. If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree.
More information about certification or licensure is available at the following website: https://louisville.edu/oapa/licensure-information (you may search by school or by the name of the program then click on 'View Details' to display the information).
For programs with an online option, more information about certification or licensure is available here: https://louisville.edu/online/About-Us?tab=disclosures (please scroll down near the bottom of the page and click on the licensing disclosures tab).