Converse’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy is dedicated to training clinically-skilled and culturally-competent systemic marriage and family therapists who can practice effectively and ethically in a wide variety of settings. The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and is the only COAMFTE-accredited program in South Carolina.
The program entails a total of 63 credit hours, including a 15 credit hour clinical practicum and combines academic and clinical experiences. Students may attend either full or part-time. The full-time track allows students to complete the program within two years, attending year round, and part-time students have up to five years to complete the program.
In addition to the course curriculum, students will complete clinical training. EMERGE Family Therapy Center is a COAMFTE accredited teaching clinic that partners with Converse College to provide the clinical practicum experience. During the 15-month practicum experience, students provide individual, couples and family therapy to clients who present with a wide variety of diagnoses, relational problems, and life issues. In order to successfully complete the practicum, students must provide 500 hours of client contact, 250 of which must be relational with more than one member of the client system in the therapy session. In addition, students must have a minimum of 50 hours of group supervision and 50 hours of individual supervision.
Deadline for Fall 2021 applications is February 1, 2021.
For full admission, the applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Admission materials must include:
- A completed online application, including the $40 application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Catalog descriptions of graduate coursework for transfer credit
- Three letters of recommendation
- Invited interview with MFT faculty
- *A personal statement
- **A response to the prompt below
An interview is scheduled in the Spring of each year. Upon completion of their admission file, potential applicants will be notified in writing whether or not they are invited to the interview. Following the interview, students will be notified of status of acceptance within two weeks.
*Provide a 1000 word autobiographical statement, answering the following prompts:
- Reasons for wanting to become a marriage and family therapist;
- Reasons for applying to the Converse College MMFT program;
- Personal history and how it has led to your decision;
- Professional history and how it has led to your decision;
- Professional goals;
- Personal characteristics that will contribute to your being a good family
- Response to the Converse College mission statement: The mission of the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy is to train clinically skilled and culturally competent systemic marriage and family therapists who can practice effectively and ethically in a wide variety of settings. We value diversity in our faculty, students, and the client population we serve. Our definition of diversity includes, but is not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, physical status, and geographical location. We are committed to creating a learning environment in which the accompanying values, beliefs, traditions, and symbols of diverse cultures are respected and cultivated.
**Provide a 750-word response to the following prompt: Define general systems theory and connect your definition to your own family system or a family system showcased in popular media (tv, movies, books, etc.). The purpose of this response is to demonstrate your ability to reflect on a basic tenant of the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and connect the theory to yourself or another family system.
The entire MMFT program is 63 credit hours, with five practicum semesters for a total tuition and practicum cost of $35,728, putting us in the top five most affordable COAMFTE-accredited Marriage and Family Therapy program in the nation.
Practicum fees are $1400.00/semester, and there are five semesters in the practicum.
2020-2021 Financial Aid Cost of Attendance
|Term Access Fee||$160|
|Room & Board||$11,600|
|Total Financial Aid Cost of Attendance||$30,054|
*These costs are abstract estimates based on full-time enrollment and are not billable charges.
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Elizabeth Martin ’08, ’10
“Converse was instrumental in shaping my career. From my early studies in Art Therapy and Psychology, all the way through completing my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy – it was my professors who encouraged and guided me into the path that has lead me to where I am today. I’m often asked, “You worked so hard to become a licensed clinician. Aren’t you sad to have given up clinical work to do administration so soon?” My response is that if I can work to keep my organization viable and growing, I will have a greater impact on my community by providing many therapists the opportunity to impact our community members through clinical work. I wholeheartedly believe that it was my liberal arts education at Converse that taught me to think in a broad and critical way and allowed me to adapt to many different work situations.”