Graduate Advising

Assignment of an Advisor

Each incoming student is assigned a faculty advisor to provide information and consulation regarding academic requirements, student services available on campus, etc. The role of a faculty advisor is differentiated from that of mentor, a faculty member that the student selects to supervise his or her academic and professional work. A student may change advisors simply by informing the Department's Director of Graduate Studies in writing of the change. 

Selecting a Mentor

All Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) students must complete a Master's thesis or a non-thesis Advanced Clinical Project (ACP). It is important to select a faculty mentor who is a good fit for your research and clinical interests to supervise your work. For more information on faculty including their research interests, projects, and publications, please click on their name: Dr. Norman Epstein, Dr. Leigh Leslie, Dr. Mona Mittal, and Dr. Patricia Barros.

Transfer and Application of Credit

Credits used to satisfy the requirements for another earned degree may NOT be applied toward the requirements for the Master of Science degree from this department.

With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, students may transfer up to six credit hours of graduate work not applied to a previous degree toward their FMSC degree. For further information on transfer of credits, see the Graduate Catalog on the University website.

If a student is inadequately prepared for some graduate courses, the Department's Graduate Committee may require the student to take additional courses. Such additional coursework is not considered part of the coursework required for the degree.

Course and Degree Time Limits

The Graduate School has specific limits on the number of years that courses are considered valid in counting toward the student's degree, and on the number of years the student has to complete the M.S. degree. 

The CFT program follows the Graduate School's policy on time length and limits. The minimum length for completing the CFT Program is 2 years, the advertised length is 2 years, and the maximum length is 5 years. The Graduate School does grant extensions of time limits in certain circumstances (usually a one-year extension for completing the degree; an additional one-year extension is much more difficult to obtain).

CFT Handbook

The CFT Handbook for Family Science master's students is available on this web site.