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Joint JD/MS in Marriage and Family Counseling

Course Requirements (35 credits)
Foundation Courses (20 credits)
    LAW 635 Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research 
    LAW 850 Professional Responsibility 
    LAW 819 Alternative Dispute Resolution 
    CPS 730 Theories of Personality 
    CPS 745 Abnormal Psychology 
    CPS 746 Human Sexuality Counseling 
    CPS 760 Multicultural Counseling

Required Family Courses (15 credits)
    CPS 740 Introduction to Family Therapy and Evaluation 
    CPS 741 Transitions in Family Life 
    CPS 742 Intermediate Family Therapy 
    CPS 743 Theory and Practice of Counseling Couples 
    CPS 792 Field Experience I

The joint JD/MS in Marriage and Family Counseling program requires prior acceptance into the University’s School of Law in addition to admission into the MS in Marriage and Family Counseling degree program. Nine (9) credits from the student’s Law program courses will transfer to the MS in Marriage and Family Counseling. LAW 635 (Legal Analysis, Writing and Research) will replace CPS 503 (Applied Research Methods) and LAW 850 (Professional Responsibility) will replace CPS 736 (Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling) as a required foundation courses in the M.S. program. LAW 819 (Alternative Dispute Resolution) will replace CPS 733 (Introduction to Counseling) as a required foundation course in the M.S. program. Students in the joint degree program must complete 27 additional credits required for the Master of Science degree. Students in the joint program are not required to take and pass the comprehensive examination. CPS 503, CPS 733, and CPS 736 are commonly needed for Florida Licensure as LMFT. Although these three areas are covered to a degree in the Law program courses, the Florida Department of Health (Florida Statute 491, Rule Chapter 64B4, F.A.C.) determines education requirements for licensure and mental health practice in the state of Florida.