Marriage & Family Therapy – M.S.Ed. – School of Education & Human Development

Marriage & Family Therapy – M.S.Ed.

Educational and Psychological Studies

Marriage & Family TherapyM.S.Ed.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program prepares students to become therapists who will help individuals, couples, and families solve problems in the context of these relationships. Many of our students also go on to obtain doctoral degrees in related fields.

The curriculum includes 15 content courses and a practicum year. Students can complete the program in 2 years, 3 years, or 4 years. Additional requirements include a self-examination, Personal Growth Experience and a Comprehensive Examination prior to completing the program.

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Required Coursework

This variable 60 credit hour program provides the academic and pre-degree supervision requirements for licensing as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida.

Please meet with your advisor to obtain his/her approval signature and submit a copy of the signed Course Sequence Plan to the Associate Dean’s office, MB 312, no later than the end of your second semester of study. This program of study and course sequence plan is subject to change.

EPS 667: Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
Professional, legal, ethical, and licensing issues in the counseling profession.

EPS 668: Social and Cultural Diversity and Counseling
Interrelationship between psychology and sociology in understandingdevelopment of diversity in human social systems. Implications for counseling and therapy.

EPS 669: Psychopathology for Counselors
In depth introduction to abnormal human behavior patterns of concern to mental health professionals. Clinical conditions will be examined within the context of currently most viable theory and research relating to etiology, assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

EPS 676: Counseling Process and Practice
The development of basic communication and clinical skills necessary for establishing the counseling relationship and conducting therapy.

EPS 677: Assessment Strategies for Counselors I
This course places emphasis on diagnosis, appraisal, assessment, and testing for individual and interpersonal disorders. It addresses statistical procedures and psychometric principles necessary for responsible test use and exposes the student to a variety of test and non-test assessment techniques in marriage and family, and mental health counseling.

EPS 678: Counseling Theories and Practice
Counseling Theories and Practice

EPS 679: Lifespan Human Development
Theories and research relating to the biophysical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains of human lifespan development.

EPS 680: Theory and Practice with Children and Adolescents
Course prepares students to provide preventive and therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents including theory, research, and practice.

EPS 681: Counseling and Sexuality
Emphasis is placed on self-awareness and acceptance of all dimensions of human sexuality. Readings and classroom activities focus on biological aspects of sexuality, an understanding of sexual dysfunctions, and their treatment.

EPS 684: Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling
Course focuses on the interpretation and application of research data as applied to clinical practice. Skills in using behavioral research-based literature to identify, evaluate and interpret appropriate interventions are also emphasized.

EPS 685: Substance Abuse and Addictions: Theories and Counseling
Theories and research on individual, systemic causes, and outcomes of substance abuse, and concomitant practices in counseling and therapy.

EPS 670: Dynamics of Marriage and Family Systems
Introduction to the history and development of marriage and family systems theory as a method for understanding individuals' behavior and functioning. Introduction to several modes of family therapy. Throughout the course, lectures will also be integrated with other topics including race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability.

EPS 671: Family Therapy
Concentrated study of several approaches to family therapy including systemic and psychosocial perspectives. Theory and techniques of family therapy are taught in lecture, videotape, and simulation.

EPS 669: Therapy for Couples
Theory and technique linked to working with couples, in marriage and in other relationships.

All students are required to take a 3-credit graduate-level course relevant to the field of counseling1.

1 See Graduate Academic Advisor for guidance.

EPS 682: Practicum in Counseling I
Supervised Practicum at the Institute for Individual and Family counseling and other appropriated clinical settings relating theoretical formulations to intervention strategies appropriate to specialization.

EPS 802: Practicum Laboratory I
Individual, dyad, and small group supervision at approved Practicum sites.

Outplacement Practicum Overview

Educational & Psychological Studies

Our Master’s students complete a one-year outplacement practicum at an off-campus facility. They may complete this outplacement training during the same year they are at the IIFC, or they have the flexibility of splitting their practicum training over two years. Obtaining an outplacement is a competitive process. Our students compete with each other, as well as with graduate students from other Master’s programs in South Florida, for placements of their choice. It is completely up to the student to decide on the type of setting for their training, though we are here to assist them in making that decision. We have affiliations with over 25 facilities including community-based clinics, hospitals with psychiatric inpatient units, research-focused centers, treatment centers for addictions, counseling centers serving the LGBTQ community, and more. Annually, we host an on-campus “Practicum Open House” when representatives from the facilities meet our students, as our students decide on sites that seem like a good fit with their clinical interests. Our students are typically highly regarded by our colleagues in the training community. Our Practicum Coordinator is Dr. Anabel Bejarano. For more information about outplacement practicum please contact Dr. Bejarano at

Admission Requirements

The Master’s in Counseling programs begin each Fall semester. The early admissions deadline is December 1, and the late admissions deadline is July 1. The application process is all online. Questions about application materials can be submitted to our admissions coordinator at or (305) 284-2167.

The typical applicant admitted to our graduate programs has:

  • Grade point average of over 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • On the GRE general exam, a total score of at least 153 on Verbal, and 148 on Quantitative. On the Analytical Writing section a score of 4.5. GRE general test scores are required for all applicants, including transfer students. We do not require the GRE subject test.
  • Coursework in psychology; in the absence of coursework in psychology, previous experience in human and social development as undergraduates, especially for those making a career change.
  • Previous experience in human service activities, whether paid or volunteer, is a plus.
  • Letters of recommendation (three). Letters are primarily from academic sources and describe academic performance, fund of psychological knowledge, writing skills, interpersonal skills, and/or knowledge of research and statistics. Letters may also be from professional settings, such as supervisors or project directors with whom you worked or volunteered for. These letters should address your interpersonal skills, verbal and writing skills, leadership ability and/or motivation for a degree in counseling. We do not consider letters from relatives nor personal contacts.

Strong applicants will be interviewed. The admissions interview is a required part of the admissions process.
We recognize that not every applicant will meet all of these criteria. We review applications in their entirety including the admissions interview, and do not make decisions based on specific scores.

International Students:
International student applications are also processed through our International Student and Scholar Services. International students are encouraged to apply before December 1 due to additional processing time.

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Program Director

Dr. Guerda Nicolas

Professor, and Director, Master's Programs in Counseling

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