The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy is a co-educational program 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.
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 $40.00 application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Catalog descriptions of graduate coursework for transfer credit
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE or Millers Analogy scores
- Invited interview with MFT faculty
- *A personal statement
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.
Deadline for applications is February 1 of each year.
*Write a personal statement, approximately 250-300 words in length, describing his or her career goals. The applicant should illustrate how he or she intends to help others grow after having completed the degree. In keeping with the Honor Tradition at Converse, your essay must be entirely your own work, taking special care to properly cite any ideas or words from another source, organizing your essay clearly and proofreading your work.
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.
|1||2018-19 Tuition||$456/credit hour|
|2||Non-refundable Registration Fee||$20 ($50 late registration fee)/term|
Practicum fees are $1400.00/semester, and there are five semesters in the practicum.
2018-2019 Financial Aid Cost of Attendance
|Non-refundable Registration Fee||$40|
|Total Financial Aid Cost of Attendance||$33,814|
*These costs are abstract estimates based on full-time enrollment and are not billable charges.
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
B.A. Art Therapy & Psychology, 2008
Executive Director, West Gate Family Therapy Institute
“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.”