The M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) provides students with the coursework and supervised clinical training typically required in states with Marriage and Family Therapy licensure. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The comprehensiveness of our curriculum and the extensive clinical training with diverse clients prepare our graduates for employment in a wide variety of CFT positions. In addition, the program prepares students to perform well on the National Licensing Examination. Thus, the degree is highly portable and students go on to practice throughout the country.
Beginning in the Fall of 2018, the Couple and Family Therapy Program began adhering to all COAMFTE Accreditation Standards Version 12 regarding all program, courses, and clinical requirements. Prior to that, the Couple and Family Therapy Program adhered to the COAMFTE Accreditation Standards Version 11.
The Couple and Family Therapy M.S. program requires 48 credits for the non-thesis option and 51 credits for the thesis option. Completion of the program, which includes the 2-year internship, generally requires 2 to 2 1/2 years.
The mission of the CFT Master's program is to prepare competent, effective therapists for clinical practice and advancement of the marriage and family therapy discipline. The program seeks to train professionals who demonstrate superior therapeutic skills, ethical integrity, intellectual curiosity, and a sincere commitment to working with families from diverse populations.
The CFT Program is committed to diversity and inclusion among its students, faculty, and clients. The program’s definition of diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, gender, gender identity/expression, ethnicity, race, nationality, physical/cognitive/health ability or condition, international status, immigrant status, English language proficiency, accent, sexual orientation, military status, religious/spiritual views, political views, socioeconomic status, education level, relationship status, or family composition. The CFT faculty seek to include a diverse pool of applicants to be interviewed for the incoming class each year. For a complete breakdown of program demographics, please click here.
Regarding diversity among full time CFT faculty and the hiring of adjunct faculty and clinical supervisors, the Department of Family Science adheres to the School of Public Health’s statement of diversity and inclusion. The full statement can be found here.
Application to the program is made through the University of Maryland Graduate School website, https://gradschool.umd.edu/admissions/application-process/step-step-guide-applying and through submission of a supplemental Couple and Family Therapy Application Form to the CFT program faculty. The Department of Family Science admits students in the fall semester only. The deadline for submitting the Graduate School Application and the Couple and Family Therapy Application Form is January 15 (January 6 for international students and citizens living abroad). Students are strongly encouraged to apply before the deadline date. See also http://sph.umd.edu/department/fmsc/cft-admissions.