Offered through the Department of Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
in the School of Health and Human Services
B210 Education Building
Department E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department Web site: www.stcloudstate.edu/ccp/
Department Chairperson: Dr. Manijeh Daneshpour
Department Secretary: Ms. Sandi Radzak
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Connor
Graduate Certificate Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Connor
Graduate Faculty: Manijeh Daneshpour, Ph.D., 1996 University of Minnesota– Twin Cities; Mick Mayhew, Ph.D.,1997 Iowa State University; and Jennifer Connor, Ph.D., 2005 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
- The MFT program provides students with an educational foundation grounded in family systems theory.
- The MFT program prepares graduates to become licensed in the state of Minnesota as marriage and family therapists.
- The MFT program maintains an inclusive and global perspective, emphasizing educational equity, access, and support.
- The MFT program prepares students to engage in reflective, ethical, and legal clinical practice.
- The MFT program demonstrates a commitment to academic scholarship and research in order to prepare students to think critically about research, including multicultural research, in the MFT field.
- The MFT program provides students with a variety of field-based partnerships.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Graduates of the program will demonstrate a readiness for employment in a clinical position working with children and families.
- Students will explore their own family of origin and cultural heritage as it relates to their clinical practice.
- Students will be able to communicate effectively through oral and written work.
- Students and graduates will demonstrate emphatic and respectful interpersonal skills when working with families and individuals from all backgrounds, including cross-cultural.
- Students and graduates will skillfully assess and evaluate individuals and families of diverse backgrounds in order to build relevant treatment plans.
Marriage and Family Therapy views and treats individuals seeking psychotherapeutic assistance at existing within a complex set of relationships. The Master of Science program in Marriage and Family Therapy provides academic and experiential training needed to prepare students for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure. To be admitted to the Marriage and Family Therapy focus the applicant must successfully complete a personal interview process with faculty. Careful attention will be given to previous work experience, academic background, scholarship, interpersonal skills and commitment to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.
The marriage and family therapy (MFT) program’s mission is to foster highly qualified professionals at the Master’s level, who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to improve the quality of well-being, for individuals, families, and wider social systems within their diverse and multicultural setting. Clinical training gives balanced attention to the range of physical/organic, interpersonal, relational, and cultural/contextual factors that can cause or exacerbate the issues presented for treatment by providing multiple points of intervention designed to positively impact the client’s contextual environment.
The primary goal of the Marriage and Family Therapy program is to train competent therapists to do therapy with a wide range of mental health problems. Therapists are trained to help with concerns about marriage, children, adolescents, mental illness, depression, sexual issues, divorce, family, school, health, and emotional difficulties.
The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is the national program accrediting body for the MFT field and is under the oversight of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Program accreditation brings national recognition and opportunities to a program, the faculty, and the students. A primary value to graduates of a COAMFTE accredited program is facilitating obtaining a MFT license when students move from one state to another by providing a recognized qualifying degree. The SCSU MFT master’s program has been accredited by COAMFTE. All graduates of the programs are considered graduates of an accredited program, and may receive all the rights and privileges of COAMFTE accreditation.
Graduates find employment as marriage and family therapists and work for varieties of agencies. Crisis clinics, correctional settings, schools and public and private mental health facilities also employ MFT graduates.
Criteria for Admission
Applicants who meet the following standards may be considered for admission to the M.S. Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.
- For admission consideration to the program, a candidate must first meet the minimum GPA admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies at St. Cloud State University.
- A cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher, on a 4.00 scale in the most recent degree program completed.
- The GRE is not required.
Applicants must submit the following for consideration for admission to the M.S. Program in Marriage and Family Therapy:
- Application materials required by the School of Graduate Studies.
- A current resume listing educational background, professional experience and volunteer and community involvements.
- A statement of intent addressing the following:
- A brief description of the applicant’s background, training and experience.
- A review of short- and long-term professional goals.
- A statement regarding your interest in the degree program.
- Identify areas of strength and challenges in pursuing this degree.
Application Deadline Specific to the Program
- Students may begin the program only during fall semester. The Program has limited admission space; therefore qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for consideration by the priority deadline of February 1. All application materials must be submitted by the stated deadline.
- Applications may be submitted beginning September 1, but must be postmarked by February 1 for priority consideration. Completed applications are reviewed as a pool by a faculty committee following the February 1 priority deadline. Applicants are notified within approximately one month of the February 1 priority deadline if they will be invited to interview.
- Applications received after February 1 will be considered if program spaces remain available following the February 1 priority review. To be considered for a possible second round of consideration, complete applications must be received by April 15. A faculty committee review will take place following the secondary deadline of April 15. Secondary pool applicants are notified within approximately one month if an invite to interview will be provided.
- Once the Program is full, qualified applicants are placed on a waiting list in the event, space in the Program becomes available.
Wait list Information
- Competition for limited places in the MFT program requires the necessity of a wait list. Click here for details
Length of M.S. Program — Measured by Semesters
Full-time student: A minimum of five semesters taking an average of 12 credits per semester (including summers)
Part-time students can be accommodated and must complete the program within the seven year time frame.
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester||Summer Term|
|Year One||CEEP 678
|Year Two||MFT 627
MFT 699 -- Plan A
MFT 699 -- Plan A
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy
Plan A, 58 credits; Plan B, 52 credits
Thesis versus non-thesis option
(Plan A versus Plan B)
Before completing “Proposed Program of Graduate Study” blue forms for candidacy (see next section), students need to decide whether to follow Plan A or Plan B, thesis or non-thesis option, respectively. For those planning to pursue a doctorate degree at some time, conducting research and/or publishing a work should strongly be considered. Research can be done with either Plan A or Plan B. Students who are planning to write a thesis should carefully read the Graduate Bulletin, “Field Studies, Thesis, Creative Works, and Starred Papers”. Note that the book “A Manual for the Preparation of Field Studies, Theses, Creative Works, or Starred Paper(s)” should be purchased from the Husky Bookstore or downloaded from the School of Graduate Studies Web site.
I. Research: Min., Plan A, 12 credits, or Plan B, 6 credits
- MFT 675 Research Methods, 3 credit( Pre-requisites: CEEP 678)
- CEEP 678 Introduction to Graduate Statistics, 3 credit
- MFT 699 Thesis, 6 credit
- CEEP 678 Introduction to Graduate Statistics, 3 credit
- MFT 675 Research Methods, 3 credit (Pre-requisites: CEEP 678)
II. Major: Min., Plan A or B, 46 credit
- MFT 619 Professional Orientation and Ethics, 3 credit
- MFT 620 Family Systems, 3 credit
- MFT 621 Family Conceptual Framework, 3 credit
- MFT 627 Clinical Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy, 3 credit
- MFT 624 Family Assessment, 3 credit
- MFT 658 Family and Culture, 3 credit (Pre or Co-requisite MFT 621, 671)
- MFT 659 Psychodiagnosis, Assessment and Treatment Planning, 3. credit
- MFT 668 Professional Skills and Procedures, 3 credit
- MFT 669 Clinical Practicum. 4 credit (Pre-requisites: MFT 621; Pre or Co-requisite MFT 619, 659, 668, & 671)
- MFT 671 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy, 3 credit (Pre-requisite MFT 621)
- MFT 672 Couple and Family Therapy: Advance Theory and Practice, 3 credit (Pre-requisites: MFT 621, 671)
- MFT 696 Supervised Internship, Min. 6 credit (600 hours) (Pre-requisites: MFT 619, 620, 621, 624, 659 & 671)
- MFT 630 Seminar: Individual and Family Development, 3 credit
- MFT 628 Child Development and Treatment, 3 credit
Other courses or changes may be substituted with consent of advisor.
Post Degree Requirements
Full-licensure: An additional 1000 post-degree supervised clinical contact hours in a clinical setting is required to complete the requirements for Marriage and Family licensure in the state of Minnesota.
Marriage and Family Therapy License Eligibility
The MTF regulatory requirements in Minnesota are among the most stringent in the US and Canada. Once graduation from the SCSU accredited graduate academic program in MFT, the therapist must pass the national MFT licensure examination. Subsequent to two years of post-degree clinical experience under state approved supervision, the licensure applicant must also pass a Minnesota state examination of practice procedures and ethical and legal issues. Application requirements are online at www.bmft.state.mn.us.
For program information, contact:
Dr. Jennifer Connor
Coordinator, Marriage and Family Therapy,
St. Cloud State University,
720 Fourth Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498