M.S. in Family Therapy

Nova Southeastern University

Program Description

M.S. in Family Therapy

Nova Southeastern University

Overview

The M.S. in Family Therapy is designed to help students develop clinical excellence and prepare for careers as marriage and family therapists. Students are prepared to assume professional positions in private practice, employee assistance programs, managed care and healthcare organizations, child care and child development systems, family service agencies, schools, churches, hospitals, and other clinical and organizational settings.

The 60-credit hour degree program consists of coursework and clinical practice. Training is concentrated on brief, interactional models of family therapy, preparing our graduates to practice in a time-sensitive, cost-effective manner. The M.S. in Family Therapy has full accreditation with the:

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3061

(703) 838-9809

Accreditation: Student Achievement Criteria

From the AAMFT website:

Accredited programs report Student Achievement Criteria data for each cohort in the program. A cohort is defined as the students who entered a program between a given time period (example: the students in the Fall 2005 - Spring 2006 Cohort, entered their respective programs between the Fall of 2005 and Spring of 2006).

Program Formats

The M.S. in Family Therapy is offered on-campus on NSU's Main Campus.

Students may enter the M.S. program in the Fall or Summer trimester. Students may enroll full or part-time, taking six to twelve credit hours per trimester. Students who begin in the Summer trimester may be part-time for that trimester. Classes typically meet 3-6 pm and 6- 9 pm with the exception of practicum.

Students who attend full-time can expect to complete the program in 2 years approximately. Part-time students will complete the program in 3 years or less depending on the pace of study. Summer attendance is required.

Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Canvas but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Canvas as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, whiteboards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Canvas enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.

Curriculum

Criteria for acceptance into the M.S. in Family Therapy include a major emphasis on applicants who are familiar with and interested in learning systemic theories and therapies. They also attend to applicants' comfort with cultural and sexual diversity and their ability to connect to people in crisis. Applicants who demonstrate significant ability to listen to others, engage in conversation, and learn from dialogue will be best prepared for admission. The admissions essay must include specific citations of family therapy literature to provide a rationale for the applicant's decision to pursue a career in marriage and family therapy.

The Master of Science in Family Therapy degree program requires 60 hours of graduate coursework and clinical practice. Training is concentrated on brief, interactional models of family therapy, preparing our graduates to practice in a time-sensitive, cost-effective manner. The program fulfills the academic requirements for state licensure in Florida and for clinical membership in AAMFT; additional post-master's clinical experience is required for both credentials.

Admissions Requirements

CAHSS accepts applications to the Master's and Graduate Certificate programs from any person who possesses or is in the process of completing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. Applicants must complete all bachelor's degree requirements before beginning graduate studies.

Criteria for acceptance into the M.S. in Family Therapy include a major emphasis on applicants who are familiar with and interested in learning systemic theories and therapies. They also attend to applicants' comfort with cultural and sexual diversity and their ability to connect to people in crisis. Applicants who demonstrate significant ability to listen to others, engage in conversation, and learn from dialogue will be best prepared for admission. The admissions essay must include specific citations of family therapy literature to provide a rationale for the applicant's decision to pursue a career in marriage and family therapy.

Deadlines

Summer/May Application Deadline - January 1

Fall (August) Application Deadline - April 1

  • In-person interviews - Second Friday in the month of April

Fall (Late) Application Deadline - June 30

  • In-person interviews as scheduled
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 6, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
Online
Campus based
Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
May 2019
Aug. 2019
Duration
Duration
2 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
- Tuition: $755 per credit hour
Information
Deadline
Jan. 1, 2019
Locations
USA - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Start date : May 2019
Application deadline Jan. 1, 2019
End date Request Info
Start date : Aug. 2019
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2019
Late Application Deadline - June 30
End date Request Info
Dates
May 2019
USA - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Application deadline Jan. 1, 2019
End date Request Info
Aug. 2019
USA - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2019
Late Application Deadline - June 30
End date Request Info