Joint JD/MS in Marriage and Family Counseling

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 MS program. LAW 819 (Alternative Dispute Resolution) will replace CPS 733 (Introduction to Counseling) as a required foundation course in the MS 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 72 (Florida Statute 491, Rule Chapter 64B4, F.A.C.) determines education requirements for licensure and mental health practice in the state of Florida.

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Curriculum

Foundation Courses (20 Credits)

LAW 635 Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research
LAW 819 Alternative Dispute Resolution (2 credits)
LAW 850 Professional Responsibility
CPS 730 Theories of Personality and Therapy
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