Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

The primary mission of the graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy is to train multi-culturally sensitive ethical systemic family therapists to provide clinical therapeutic services to families, couples, and individuals, by addressing a wide array of relational concerns within the context of the family system, in a rapidly changing world. The Master of Science degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to provide advanced training for those who intend to serve or are currently serving in a therapeutic capacity within public, private, school, community, organizational, medical, and human service settings.
Our curriculum is based on an integrative approach to professional preparation as a family therapist, in that it focuses on personal growth as well as theoretical learning. Several courses have a community engagement aspect. All theoretical knowledge is applied to actual family challenges in the 21st Century. The MFT student is well oriented to the profession of family therapy and is prepared to succeed in the field. As a small program, faculty members work closely with students to assist in their goal attainment. The program can be completed in 2 to 2.5 years. It is designed for adult learners, who work full or part time. The program is “on ground”, with the possibility of a few on-line electives . As part of the Counseling Programs, students may be admitted to a number of certificate programs, allowing them to add a specialization to their graduate training. With just a few additional courses, students may receive training in the areas of bereavement counseling, school counseling, and child and adolescent therapy.

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For questions, contact Cindy Silitsky, Program Director, at 305-628-6907

Career Landscape

  • Licensed marriage and family therapists in the state of Florida (upon completion of state licensure requirements)
  • Independent private practice
  • Family counselors in schools (public and private)
  • Adolescent, mental health and family counseling in clinics, agencies, hospitals, legal and correctional settings
  • Pastoral counselors in religious settings

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Marriage and Family Therapy Curriculum


CPS 503 Applied Research Methods

CPS 733 Introduction to Counseling

CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counselingg

CPS 667 Counseling Special and Diverse Populations



Select three electives in consultation with program advisor:

*CPS 744 Substance Abuse and the Family

*CPS 747 Individual Assessment and Treatment Planning

CPS 730 Theories of Personality and Therapy

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 745 Abnormal Psychology

CPS 746 Human Sexuality Counseling

CPS 760 Multicultural Counseling



CPS 792 Field Experience I

CPS 793 Field Experience II

*Needed for Licensure

CPS 744 Substance Abuse and the Family

CPS 747 Individual Assessment and Treatment Planning


Click here to download and print a copy of the Comprehensive Exam Application.

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“Please note that STU is unable to confirm the licensure and certification requirements of your state of residence. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria.
For additional information regarding other states’ recognition of the St. Thomas University online Marriage and Family Therapy degree for licensing or certification purposes, please visit the <> State-by-State Database of licensing or certification requirements.”