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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, M.S.CNS

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Gay McAlister, Director

The Master of Science in counseling program prepares students for the counseling profession, which involves the application of the developmental and social sciences in assisting children and adults with psychological growth and social adjustment problems. Counselors work in schools, community agencies, churches, hospitals, industry and private practice.

Students acquire knowledge in the disciplines that underlie counseling, including education, psychology, human development, sociology, learning and social change. They develop basic skills in therapy and assessment and become familiar with the legal, ethical and clinical considerations confronting practitioners. Repeated practice and role-playing with feedback and strategic modification are critical to mastery of the skills and are, consequently, an essential part of the program.

Successful graduates are able to pursue state licensure as licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, and/or licensed chemical dependency counselors, as well as certification as school counselors.

In addition to the three major tracks that a student can follow, other areas of specialization that a student may pursue are play therapy; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender counseling; court-ordered social studies; and expressive arts therapy.

Requirements for the Degree

These 42 credit hours plus 18 additional elective hours meet or exceed state requirements for licensed marriage and family therapists.

Total: 27 Credit Hours

Total: 15 Credit Hours

LMFT Elective Courses

At least six from HDCN

Total: 15-18 Credit Hours

Total: 42 Credit Hours

Study Abroad

During the five-week summer term, students may earn credit toward the master’s degree program by completing coursework at off-site venues such as Italy and Croatia. The University’s campus in Taos, New Mexico, is also used in this manner.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the master’s program must attend a personal interview. Program applicants must also submit the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A 250-word essay explaining why the applicant wants to study counseling.
  5. An acceptable GRE graduate school entry exam score for an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale).

Degree Requirements

The M.S. in counseling degree requires the completion of 60 credit hours (20 courses.) A full-time student with a flexible schedule can complete the program in three years, but students are required to complete the program in six years or less. Courses are delivered on a modified quarter system. For specific requirements for licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and school counselor tracks, students should visit

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